Safety shouldn’t be Complicated

Safety (noun); the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk, or injury.

Safety really should not be complicated. Sometimes taking all the safety precautions can end with injury and in some extreme cases, even death.

Some examples spring to mind…
20 years or so ago, my school friend was travelling from Durban to Pietermaritzburg with her father, and they had an accident. Emergency personnel could not free her from her safety belt, and she ended up being burnt to death.

In some other cases, some people might still be alive if they had their safety belts on, which would have stopped them getting ejected through the windscreen. Buckle up and maybe carry a knife on you just in case you need to free yourself.

Then there are a couple of cases where timber workers, felling trees, end up with the tree falling in the wrong direction, or maybe they were just standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and got hit by it; instant death. Protective clothing and helmets did not help in these cases, but maybe if they had a better knowledge or were more aware of their position, they might still be alive.

Whilst you may have heard of these safety rules before, some do need repeating:

  • Stay alert and stay alive. The more awake you are, the less likely you will get hurt. I don’t know how many times I have driven on the N3 and seen trucks overturned. Rest when you feel tired. Rather get there alive, than in pieces.
  • Wear the correct clothing. Protective clothing should fit properly. Wear your protective helmet. You never know when an accident may occur. Be prepared.
  • Use the right tools. If you need a spanner, use it. Using incorrect equipment is just asking for trouble.
  • Don’t play pranks. Practical jokes can be dangerous, especially around heavy machinery.
  • Be tidy. This will reduce hazards. Always put your tools away when you are not using them and keep your floors clean and clutter-free. A slip or fall may just end up being a hospital call.
  • Do not take chances or shortcuts. Do it right, and do it safely. Short cuts are probably the biggest killer of all. To save a minute or two, you may lose a life.

If you follow all the safety precautions and still end up getting hurt, get first aid immediately. Neglect of an injury could lead to infection, loss of work time and in some cases, permanent injury.

Remember, your safety is your responsibility. If you are in doubt, contact your supervisor or manager for instruction, guidance, or training.

Safety is not complicated, but it is a choice. Choose wisely.


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Featured Project: Nkowankowa Plaza – Building

Featured Project: Nkowankowa Plaza – Building

Description
Construction of a shopping centre with a GLA of 9084m² on an area of 2 hectares on the remainder of erf 2952, Makaringe Street, at Nkowankowa-B, within the jurisdiction of Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality of Mopani District Municipality in Limpopo Province.

 

Status Region
Design Limpopo
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Retail 2019 onwards (Opening April 2020)
Sector Class
Private Invited

 

 


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Reconstruction of the Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome

Corobrik Megafactory

Description
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Status Region
Tender North West
Category Value
Building
Unknown at this stage
Industry Timing
Retail 2019 onwards
Sector Class
Public Private Partnership Open Tender / Possible Pre-Qualification

Tlhabane Square - Retail

 

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Desert Rose International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Desert Rose International Convention and Exhibition Centre

Description
Construction of a commercial component for the Desert Rose mixeduse development. The project will consist of residential, recreational, institutional, commercial and public zoning’s in order to create a multilayered network of activities supporting each other

 

Status Region
Procedural Namibia
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial 2017 Onwards
Sector Class
Private Invited/Negotiated

 

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The Halyard

Karoshoek Solar Valley Development

Description
 Construction of a new R400m mixed-use tower

 

Status Region
Underway Northern Cape
Category Value
Building R 100 million+
Industry Timing
Office & Commercial June 2015 to December 2018
Sector Class
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Smart Highway

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Smart Highway

To be honest, I had never even heard of the term “Smart Highway”. It is not a term you would use for our highways and I tend to avoid the highway at all cost. Accidents, traffic jams, big trucks…it can be a nightmare!

So, What is it?

According to Wikipedia the ‘Smart highway’ and Smart road are terms for a number of different proposals to incorporate technologies into roads for generating solar energy, for improving the operation of autonomous cars, for lighting and for monitoring the condition of the road.

We always need to make sure our cars are roadworthy, but our roads are not always car-worthy. Most of us have had our soul leaving our body and apologising profusely to our beloved cars when hitting a pothole that you could probably swim in.

So now how can ‘Smart Highways’ or ‘Smart Roads’ help us?

Roads that may be able to think, feel and predict the needs of people and the vehicles that travel on them? Roads that have an environmental conscience and can help improve our safety?
Roads that could maybe actually make a difference to the world?
Apparently they are very much in the pipeline.

Solar Roadways:
The main purpose of solar roadways is to replace asphalt roads with Solar Panels which generate energy through the sun that can be used by local houses or businesses that are connected to the system from either the house’s driveway or the business’s parking lot.

Road Markings:
Photo-luminescent paint for road markings, which was developed by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans in the Netherlands, absorb light during the day and can glow for up to 10 hours.

Solar Road Panels:

There are 3 layers that make up the solar panels:
1. The Road Surface Layer – The Road Layer is the High Strength layer that has the photovoltaic cells which attracts the sun’s rays, has traction so vehicles won’t slide off the road, and it is waterproof to protect the layers below.

2. The Electronic Layer – The Electronic Layers contain a mini microprocessor board that helps control the heating element of the panels. This technology can help melt the snow that lands on the panels so that hazardous road conditions will no longer be an issue in snowy weather. This layer can sense how much weight is on the panels and can control the heating element to melt the snow.

3. The Base Plate Layer – The Base Plate Layer is the layer that collects the energy from the sun and then distributes the power to the homes or businesses connected to the solar roadways. This will also be used to transfer the energy to cars as they drive over the strip to recharge the battery

Smart Pavement:
Photovoltaic pavement is a form of pavement that generates electricity by collecting solar power with photovoltaics. Parking lots, foot paths, driveways, streets and highways are all ideal locations where this material could be used.
Frost protection and melting snow, ice:
Snowmelt systems using electricity or hot water to heat roads and pavements would be installed in various locations. With snow and ice melt systems deployed to obstruct winter weather, this would mean that deaths, accidents, governmental and insurance costs, economic losses, and personal auto expenditures could be reduced.

But the Smart Highway is not just all solar.
The current roads are very expensive to maintain and don’t do much other than allowing above-ground transportation.
A concept that involves replacing common asphalt paving with sophisticated and upgradeable factory-made concrete slabs are currently being developed by Integrated Roadways in the USA that will give the roadways the ability to detect vehicles and know where they are in real time.
Smart roadways would be able to call first responders to the site of an accident by knowing where vehicles are and how fast they were going. It would also be able to collect real-time information on road conditions and congestion data, letting drivers (and self-driving cars) choose the route that is the most efficient and safe.
There are also reports on a technology that will use small turbines to catch the updraft from passing cars and use it as a source of energy, powering street lights by attaching specialised turbines to each. The turbines would be designed to be aesthetically pleasing by looking like small works of art, rather than the future of roadway energy generation.Asphalt and the New Materials Building These Roadways
New materials for roadway construction are also being explored, which will take traditional asphalt, aggregates and glassphalt to new applications. The American Ceramics Society have been discussing an updated “smart concrete” that will embed sensors, wireless connections and similar technology into pre-cast concrete panels. Dowel bars will connect the slabs into an integrated modular system, creating a continuous paved roadway. Access ports in each slab will allow the technology to be serviced without requiring the slab to be destroyed or replaced. Applications of new materials for roadway construction could address many of the problems that the weight and increased traffic face on the current roadways. Cement, sand and aggregate will also be freed up for other building applications.

The smart highway/road will be more ‘animated’ than its conventional ‘inanimate’ predecessor. The road will come with sensors, data capture capabilities, the ability to be responsive to changes in the environment but perhaps most importantly, be connected. Roads will be able to ‘talk’ to cars, bicycles, traffic lights and even cities. We could all benefit from quicker, safer and more effective trips, not to mention get back time that is lost to traffic jams as well as the positive environmental impact that is likely to follow building such a road would bring.

This all sounds so great. Will it ever reach South Africa? We will just have to wait and see.

 

Sources:
Wikipedia
Inmotion Ventures
Firmatek
EWN

 

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Boschmeer Estate

Boschmeer Estate

Description
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Status Region
Underway North West
Category Value
Building R50 Million+
Industry Timing
Residential Ongoing
Sector Class
Private Owner / Builder

 

Boschmeer Estate

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Featured Project: Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

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Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Description:

Construction of a five star International Hotel and Convention Centre at Ezulwini in Swaziland. No official name has been given to the new Ezulwini complex, but it is being referred to by planners as the King Mswati III Hotel and Convention Centre. Estimated project value : E1 billion.

Hotel and Convention Centre, Swaziland

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Hospitality & Leisure

Sector:

Public

Region:

Swaziland

Value:

R100 Million+

Timing:

May 2015 – October 2018.

Class

Open Tender

 

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Infinite – Building
The Palms - Building

Description:

Construction of the new residential development known as Infinite located at the corner of Bradford and Nicol Road, Bedfordview, Gauteng. This is a brand new modern sectional title development which consists of 200 units done in 2 phases. This is a 10 storey development and includes basement parking, a communal swimming pool, 2 meeting rooms, a club house with a kitchen as well as a gym.

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Residential

Sector:

Private

Region:

Gauteng

Value:

R 280 Million

Timing:

June 2017 to November 2018 (17 months)

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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The Palms – Building
The Palms - Building

Description:

Construction of a residential complex in the heart of Kimberley in the Northern Cape. The development will be known as The Palms and will consist of an entertainment area and a total of 327 units, varying in sizes and levels up to 3 storeys.

 

Status:

Underway

Category:

Building

Industry:

Residential

Sector:

Private

Region:

Northern Cape

Value:

R 100 million+

Timing:

Construction remains ongoing.

Class

Invited / Negotiated

 

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