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Health and Safety

The proofloading is in the pudding

21st September 2007 Manufacturer of bulk handling and lifting equipment Arlona Engineering, which celebrates over 30 years of service in the shipping industry, enhances its fabrication, machining and maintenance service with a specialised proofloading facility for lifting equipment. 

Preliminary trial results for Aids vaccine 'encouraging'

By: Dennis Ndaba     14th September 2007 The preliminary results of a search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, in which South African is participating, have been described as encouraging. 

Engineering Council wants to pursue bridge collapse case despite court finding

By: Irma Venter     1st December 2006 The Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has requested funding from the Department of Public Works, it�s lead department, to pursue the Injaka bridge collapse. 

High Court finds for Micromega in Nosa case

By: Helene Le Roux     24th November 2006 On November 1, the High Court ratified JSE-listed investment holding company Micromega�s acquisition of former State-owned health and safety organisation Nosa. 

No-one will be held liable for the Injaka bridge collapse

By: Irma Venter     24th November 2006 The Graskop magistrate’s office and the office of the senior public prosecutor in Pretoria have found that no-one will be held liable for the Injaka bridge collapse. 

Magistrate expected to pronounce on 1998 Injaka bridge collapse this month

By: Irma Venter     3rd November 2006 It is expected that the Graskop magistrate’s office will release its decision on whether anyone can be held liable for the 1998 Injaka bridge collapse by mid-November. 

Safety audits raise concerns

By: Clement Deane     22nd September 2006 The Southern African ready-mix association (Sarma) and the aggregate and sand producers association of Southern Africa (Aspasa) audit their members in alternate years to establish the overall safety of work environments. 

Innovative approach to tallying HIV costs

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 International management consulting firm, Deloitte, in conjunction with a leading US university has successfully trialled a new approach to reduce the human and financial costs of HIV infection. 

Private-sector role highlighted at Canada Aids summit

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 According to South African Business Coalition on HIV and Aids (Sabcoha) CE Brad Mears, the recent international Aids conference held in Toronto revealed that the response to the pandemic has coalesced into a powerful social movement in which business has a significant role to play. “The... 

Updated regulations to improve burner safety

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 A new standard relating to burner safety is set to be released in October 2006. 

Walkways supplied to petrochemicals plant

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 Manufacturer Andrew Mentis is building on its solid reputation for providing high quality flooring grating with the recent supply of some 9 000 m2 of RS40 Rectagrid grating to Sasol’s new 1-Octene plant in Secunda. 

Hard hat tag saves lives

22nd September 2006 Local firm ICETAG Emergency Data Systems is marketing an innovative health and safety device to the mining and construction industries.?The product, which can be attached to hard hat, provides access to the wearer’s emergency and medical data, while the worker is on duty. 

Unsafe gas equipment endangers workplace

By: khalid patel     22nd September 2006 Unsafe gas equipment continues to find its way into the workplace where it is threatening the safety of people and exposing managers and employers to the risk of prosecution. 

‘Safety and health still neglected on building sites’

22nd September 2006 There are still far too many building contractors, sub-contractors, and property owners who deliberately ignore or are unaware of safety requirements on construction sites, Neil Duncan, president of the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA), has warned. 

Health and safety call centre launched

22nd September 2006 A new SHEQAssist call-centre, based in Centurion, Gauteng, will be manned around the clock in order to provide reliable and on-demand occupational safety, health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) legal compliance assistance to clients, even 24-hour operations like mines and heavy industry. 

‘Take precautions against transient overvoltages’

22nd September 2006 As distribution systems and loads become more complex, the possibilities of transient overvoltages increase. 

SA firm takes long-term approach to pandemic

By: Helene Le Roux     4th August 2006 The HIV/Aids pandemic is exacerbating the local skills shortage and causing a humanitarian crisis in South African society. 

SAPS viewed as integral to future rail-security solution

By: Irma Venter     28th July 2006 The budget to provide security on South Africa’s commuter trains has increased from R90-million in 1995 to R257-million in the last financial year, says South African Rail Commuter Corporation (SARCC) group executive operations compliance Enos Ngutshane. 

Diversified mining giant makes over 100 SME equity-investment commitments

By: Jade Davenport     21st July 2006 Since its inception in 1989, the black economic-empowerment (BEE) and enterprise-development initiative of diversified mining house Anglo American, Anglo Zimele, has made more than 100 equity investments into small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in a varied number of South African industries. 

South Africa's civil aviation body takes initiatives to further improve safety in the skies

By: Jade Davenport     7th July 2006 Although the mandate of the South African Civil Authority (CAA) is to promote and enforce aviation safety and security in South Africa and locally registered aircraft, the local body has adopted an objective to further raise the bar of aviation safety in the country. 

Government plans to merge health and safety units

By: Helene Le Roux     30th June 2006 The South African government plans to affect a merger between the two departments of health and safety that are located within the Department of Labour and the Department of Minerals and Energy. 

Establishment of certification body in SA could improve export chances into the EU

By: Helene Le Roux     9th June 2006 The introduction of a new certification body promises to make it easier for South African machinery and equipment manufacturers to export their products to the European Union (EU). 

Top trade union owns 24 % of new healthcare JSE-listing aspirant

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 Healthcare provider Imuniti Holdings, which is preparing to list on the JSE ALTx, plans to roll out 200 wellness centres in South Africa in the next three years. 

Companies contesting right to revamp 'fallen' health and safety 'angle'

By: Helene Le Roux     2nd June 2006 The international enterprise-wide risk-management group, InVeritas Global Holdings (IGH), has been launched in South Africa under the guidance of CEO Dr. Pieter Strydom and commercial director Dr. Carl Marx. 

State-of-the-art CCTV equipment on offer for 2010 soccer World Cup

By: Zonika Botha     2nd June 2006 South Africa’s leading distributor of closed-circuit television (CCTV) and access-control equipment, Reditron, is eying the opportunity to supply some of its state-of-the-art security equipment to the 2010 Soccer World Cup. 

Joburg International Airport's soaring passenger traffic driven largely by domestic growth

By: Jade Davenport     2nd June 2006 In 2005, Africa’s largest and busiest airport, Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), witnessed a significant year-on-year growth of 11,3% in passenger traffic. 

Promoting an ‘economy of ideas’

By: Amy Heydenrych     12th May 2006 Recognised as the premier business awards programme in South Africa, the Technology Top 100 (TT100) aims to interface with companies on a national level, celebrating South African excellence and innovation. 

Engineering council records alarming rise in complaints

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 Over the last three years the number of complaints to the Engineering Council of South Africa (Ecsa) has increased fourfold. 

Record car sales a boost for security solution

By: Irma Venter     12th May 2006 JSE-listed information and communications technology company in the Altron group, Altech, reports that its Netstar division has recorded solid growth on the back of recent buoyant vehicle sales in South Africa. 

Industry and unions sign health accord

By: Helene Le Roux     28th April 2006 The South African construction industry has taken a proactive step to improve its health and safety performance. 

Improvement needed in African air safety

By: Liezel Hill     17th March 2006 A number of leading civil-aviation stakeholders have come out in support of making the rigorous International Air Transport Association (Iata) operational safety audit (Iosa) compulsory for airlines operating in South Africa and, possibly, the rest of Africa. 

It's necessary to give African countries the means to search for their own solutions - Lula da Silva

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 Brazil is expanding its technical assistance to Africa. 

Defence acquisition agency supports police procurement efforts

By: Keith Campbell     3rd March 2006 South African defence acquisition, disposal, and research-and-development agency Armscor also plays a key role in supporting the acquisition of key specialised equipment for the South African Police Service (SAPS). 

No more damage from falling conveyor counterweights

By: Mariaan Webb     3rd February 2006 East Rand-based engineering-solutions company Horne has recently introduced a new ?conveyor-belt tension-take-up counter-weight arresting device to the local materials-handling and conveying industry. 

Solidarity 'satisfied' with of Sasol blast inquiry

1st February 2006 Trade union Solidarity yesterday expressed satisfaction with the progress made with the Sasol Secunda explosion investigation. 

Key business sectors hit hard by scourge

By: Nicola Mawson     9th December 2005 The HIV/Aids pandemic has severely hit sectors such as mining, manufacturing and transport and storage. 

Safety-training innovation

By: peter cromberge     2nd December 2005 A local company has teamed up with an American-based organisation to introduce customisable health and safety e-learning courses to local companies. 

Manufacturer's investment bears fruit

By: Irma Venter     2nd December 2005 Vehicle manufacturer Off-road Truck & Trailer (OTT) has secured a contract to supply local security group SBV with a number of cash-transit trucks. This is in addition to 16 armoured vehicles, in a variety of configurations, on order by the United Nations for service in strife-torn Sudan. 

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