The Construction Industry’s Health and Safety Competition had it's origins in 1963, when the first Building Safety Competition was held by NOSA in collaboration with the Master Builders Association. It took place in Natal and the only facet that was adjudicated on was Housekeeping. In 1964 it was held as a national competition and it was extended to two categories namely Building and Allied Trades, both categories were won by members from Natal.
Today, the competition is a comprehensive well supported annual event, open to all Association's members and FEM policy holders. There are 10 different categories. Regional competitions are held by each of the Associations and their winners are entered into the national competition. Master Builders South Africa MBSA then arrange for the national judging to take place.
The construction industry is one of the largest creators of employment in South Africa and with such a large work force and with unique working conditions, construction companies have always faced challenges which general industry do not have: Projects are fast-tracked to meet strategic deadlines, such as the Soccer World Cup 2010 projects, profit margins are being tightened to contain costs and skills levels are at an all-time low.
In these circumstances, adherence to Occupational Health and Safety measures on building and construction sites is of the essence and Master Builders KwaZulu-Natal is proud of the fact that that its members have not given in to the temptation to take shortcuts. Thankfully experienced contractors, know that it is not worth the risk as accidents slow down work, increase costs and shred reputations.
The recipients of these awards are praised for their adherence to health and safety. Approximately 50 sites are entered on an annual basis with only a small window of opportunity during which a site can be judged – when work is usually at peak – the number of entries are always gratifying as is the extremely high standard the entrants subscribe to.
The Regional and National Safety award functions are held annually to pay tribute to those who excelled in Health and Safety and thus contributed towards the prevention of onsite fatalities and injuries.
There is no doubt, that those who aspire towards Health and Safety Excellence by doing so save lives, our members make us proud to be affiliated with them.