News from Master Builders Association – Free State

free_stateBy Hendrina Greyling

At the Master Builders Association Free State Annual General Meeting held recently Francois du Plessis was elected as the new President with Arno van Zyl as Vice President and Wessel Pansegrouw the Past President.

PIC 1 From left: Wessel Pansegrouw (Past President), Francois du Plessis (President) and Arno van Zyl (Vice President)

Wessel Pansegrouw (Past President), Francois du Plessis (President) and Arno van Zyl (Vice President)

The Association also held a very successful Bowls Day arranged for its members, which will be followed by another Bowls Day arranged for the Bloemfontein members in September 2016.

Drought conditions in the Free State not only had a severe impact on the farming sector, but also on the construction industry due to extensive water shortages in Senekal, Windburg, Dealesville and Kroonstad.

Regional Safety Competition
The fact that the Regional Safety Competition grows every year is a sign that Construction Health and Safety is a high priority amongst our members. The lower than usual number of projects out on tender prior to this year’s competition affected the number of entries for 2016. A total of 18 sites entered our Regional Safety Competition.

All entries did extremely well, despite the fact that the revised Construction Regulations were promulgated in 2014 resulting in a lot of health and safety related changes having to be made.

Whilst conducting these competition audits, we found significant shortfalls in contractors’ compliance with scaffolding standards and power actuated fastening Device regulations.

Two sites went through to the National Safety Competition namely:
PERI Formwork and Scaffolding Bloemfontein
Aveng Steeledale Bloemfontein


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