SAFEtember – have you signed the Pledge?

safetember logoFEM, MBSA, MBAs and SAFCEC stand together for Safety

In July South African Builder spoke to Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of The Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM), about the company’s SAFEtember safety campaign for the construction industry.

Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of The Federated Employer's Mutual Assurance Company (FEM)

Thelma Pugh, Managing Director of The Federated Employer’s Mutual Assurance Company (FEM)

“SAFEtember was launched at the Master Builders South Africa Congress in September last year,” said Pugh. “We at FEM saw an urgent and pressing need to initiate a proactive campaign to bring awareness within our industry to focus on the soaring number of motor vehicle accidents (MVAs).

In close collaboration with Master Builders South Africa, Master Builders Associations, as well as with the South African South African Forum of Civil Engineering Contractors (SAFCEC), we have developed the SAFEtember awareness campaign – with the specific aim of significantly reducing the number of MVAs in the construction sector in the immediate future and in so doing to maintain and sustain this as a new standard.”

Whilst the campaign continues to build from strength to strength FEM has clear plans for its escalation in 2017.

2016-07-06 12:35
Durban – Three people have been killed and three injured after the bakkie in which they were travelling rolled on the N3 in Pietermaritzburg on Wednesday morning, ER24 paramedics said.
“All three critically injured patients, that were treated on scene, unfortunately succumbed to their injuries while in hospital,” ER24 spokesperson Russel Meiring said in a statement.

2016-07-13 16:24
Iavan Pijoos, News24
Johannesburg – A man fell off a scaffold in Fourways on Wednesday after sustaining an electric shock, paramedics said.
ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said it appeared the man had fallen about four meters from the structure. He complained of possible back injuries and a burn wound.

“To counter and reverse this disturbing trend we have big plans for the future with the SAFEtember programme,” she said. “Included in the expansion of the SAFEtember campaign we envisage offering rebates to companies who institute driver competency and defensive driving certification; and we are investigating the establishment of a call centre “SAFEtember hotline.”

In addition, says Pugh, we see the last Friday of every September as being SAFEtember Day – to observe a moment’s silence to respect those who have lost their lives in construction related accidents.

  • SAFEtember commitments
    -Save a life
    -Share information
    -Strive for a healthy and safe organisation
    -Sub-contractor safety
    -Study the statistics
    -Stay three car lengths behind
    -Stay away from bad drivers
    -Stop texting


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