GVK-Siya Zama Sets the Standard for Occupational Health & Safety

Posted on 20 September, 2017

At the awards ceremony for the National Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Competition, held at the recent Master Builders South Africa (MBSA) Congress, GVK-Siya Zama stood out from the 35 other national contestants who were in the running by walking away with five awards.

The annual Competition, which has been running since 1963, encourages construction companies to enter sites in 10 different categories for scrutiny on both administrative legal compliance and physical legal compliance by independent auditors.

GVK-Siya Zama’s wins in the National Competition - which included first place prizes for the Alexandra Provincial Precinct site in Cape Town and Aloe Ridge Hotel site in Johannesburg - follow a slew of successes in the Regional OH&S Competitions held by Master Builders Associations (MBAs) around the country.

The MBA Western Cape recently revealed the results of its regional competition at its prize-giving ceremony, where GVK-Siya Zama was named Health and Safety Company of the Year in the Western Cape for the second year in a row. The firm also took home six awards for various project sites across the province. These complement the five won at MBA North’s event earlier this year as well as the two at the East Cape MBA’s function held in August.

Craig Laskey, the company’s Regional (Western Cape) Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Manager, says: “We performed well at last year’s Regional and National OH&S Competitions and this time, we have done even better. I am particularly proud of our regions who have achieved national wins, it is heartening to see that we are developing a strong health and safety culture across all our operations and I believe that this is because our employees are gaining greater understanding of the fact that a safe site is a productive site.”

He adds: “Our company’s safety slogan is Safety Builds Strength and part of building strength through safety is entering OH&S competitions. They provide a systematic approach to ensuring commitment to continuous improvement. We also learn from experience and believe that the MBAs have a huge amount of industry experience to share.”

“At GVK-Siya Zama, we believe that health and safety is all about our key resource – our people. Our entire HSE system has been streamlined so that, in addition to complying with legal requirements, we follow best practices for our employees. Over and above having a legal obligation to look after their health and safety, we have a moral one too,” concludes Laskey.

For more information, visit http://www.siyazama.co.za.

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