The National Construction Authority conducted several on-site safety training programs at different sites in Kagundo, Ruai, Malaa, Joska, Mavoko and Wote last week.
The programs were aimed at ensuring that a zero-tolerance approach to unsafe and unhealthy practices at work and on site is adopted, by all industry players and a culture of safety is embraced and implemented daily.
The program was initially launched in the previous financial year (2020/2021) and saw a total of three thousand and fifty-three (3,053) construction workers trained countrywide. This new year, (2021/2022) the Authority has already managed to train three hundred and twenty (320) construction workers at the sites that were visited in Machakos and Makueni counties last week.
The key safety checks that were sensitized and will continue to be promoted in the ensuing training sessions include, ensuring:
- All workers are in full PPEs,
- All workers have the right tools and use them appropriately,
- Regular machine, equipment & tool inspections and service are conducted,
- The presence of a safety team on site with an NCA accredited Safety Officer,
- The conduct of toolbox talks and regular meetings on construction health & safety,
- The presence of appropriate safety and cautionary signs around the entire site,
- Sufficient health breaks for workers,
- Regular health & safety training of all workers on site is done, including First Aid,
- The presence a First Aid box or an on-site clinic,
- Adherence to Occupational Health & Safety laws, regulations and guidelines,
- Adherence to Ministry of Health (MOH) guidelines in prevention of Covid-19 and the NCA Standards on Covid-19 Mitigation on construction sites,
- A properly organized and clean site and
- Proper record keeping and reporting of all injuries and accidents that take on-site.
The checks are in line with the Construction Industry Policy’s health and safety directives that among other things advocate for;
- ensuring construction planning, designs, processes and final outputs adhere to safety and health standards,
- enforcing mandatory health and safety training for all players in the industry and
- recognition and reward of contractors reporting zero fatalities and low injuries on construction sites.
The Authority will run this drive with the objective of striving towards the achievement of over 1,000,000 hours of safe construction without losing any time to injury on site, a key milestone worth celebrating.
Also, checks such as ensuring all construction workers have PPE’s and are NCA accredited are among what ensures a site is compliant during the quality assurance checks that NCA conducts countrywide.
Construction workers are therefore encouraged to ensure that they apply for accreditation or renew their accreditation cards through the Authority’s website: www.nca.go.ke or by visiting the nearest regional or liaison office for assistance.
The charges attached to accreditation are Ksh 2,000 for construction site supervisors and Ksh 1,000 for skilled construction workers with the cards issued valid for three years.
The Authority will continue this and all its endeavors to see a well-developed and streamlined construction industry.