Safety, Health and Environment
Safety, health, environment, BBBEE and its seven-tiered philosophy, social awareness, client satisfaction, subcontractor relationships and employee satisfaction are all regarded as an integral aspect to the overall success of the company.
Corridor infrabuild is committed to a safe and healthy working environment, preservation of the environment and ensures strict compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 and the National Environmental Management Act.
Maintaining the health and safety of our employees as well as the communities in which we operate is one of our material issues. While we operate in an inherently a high-risk industry we are committed to our moral and legal obligation to safeguard the wellbeing of our people. Our approach to health and safety is to ensure it always comes first and that there are no shortcuts. Our aim is to create a culture where every employee understands the importance of working safely and can go home safe and healthy to their family after every shift. We believe that a safe site is a productive site and that safety and production go hand in hand.
SHEQ Co-Ordinators are in place in all regions in which we operate, and each site has a qualified Health & Safety Officer. Regular site visits are conducted by the SHEQ Co-Ordinators and the SHEQ Manager. Six Monthly compliance audits are conducted on all sites to ensure SHEQ compliance. There is one health and safety representative for every 50 employees.
Corridor infrabuild is in the process of obtaining the following safety, quality, and environmental accreditations:
- ISO 14001:2004
- ISO 9001:2008
- ISO 18001:2007
and external audits are consistently being performed.
Several external audits on health and safety as well as the environment were conducted during the year with the company achieving compliance scores ranging from 86.79% to 95.00%, with the majority being above 95% which is on par or above industry norms. Corrective action has been taken to address all areas of non-compliance.
Formal SHE policies are in place and are reviewed biannually and whenever changes in legislation occur. We ensure strict compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 85 of 1993 and the National Environmental Management Act. The SHEQ Manager is responsible for ensuring policies are adhered to across the company, supported by site safety officers.
We have a structured risk-based approach to safety and a detailed risk assessment is undertaken for each product type and specific tasks and risks are then rated and mitigated accordingly. This report is incorporated into the site-specific health and safety plans.
The following measures are in place to prevent casualties and injuries:
- Direct EXCO input and report back
- Divisional Safety Committees
- Toolbox Talks
- Safety alerts
- Near miss reporting
- Health and safety investigations.
- Corrective coaching; and
• Disciplinary action in the event of proven negligence.
We remain committed to minimising our environmental footprint. The company adheres the highest standards that addresse environmental management systems. We have a set of objectives and targets in this regard which are updated annually.
The company is committed to the ongoing environmental education of its employees.
Corridor Infrabuild’s safety, health and environment (SHE) policy and
practices centre around a zero-harm philosophy towards people,
host communities and the environment.
Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our employees is of vital importance to us, which is why we go the extra mile to ensure that our employees always have their safety wear on. With hazards such as bricks falling from great heights and poisonous fumes always present, the construction environment poses constant potential health threats.
To reduce the chances of occupational injury, we provide safety wear to all our employees and ensure that, through our site managers, safety specifications are always observed and met. The site manager conducts routine checks throughout the day to make sure that employees are always safe and that there is no risk posed to their health or safety.
Corridor Infrabuild is a 100% black owned and managed multidisciplinary construction entity and remains strongly committed to B-BBEE at all levels. Corridor Infrabuild is rated a “Level 1” B-BBEE contributor. 135% of spend with the company can therefore be regarded as BEE spend for clients.
The company is committed to fostering equal opportunity and has a zero tolerance for any form of discrimination. Policies and procedures in this regard are outlined in the Code of Ethics and Conduct and enforced through disciplinary procedures. The company rewards initiative, effort and merit while at the same time prioritising the advancement of staff from previously disadvantaged groups. Corridor Infrabuild is therefore committed to equal employment, training and reimbursement opportunities for all race groups and genders. Specific emphasis is being placed on assisting young Black female candidates wishing to pursue a career in engineering by providing bursaries and work opportunities.
When recruiting new employees Corridor Infrabuild strives to give preference to appropriately qualified Black candidates from previously disadvantaged groups. Regarding promotion, Corridor Infrabuild has a policy of prioritising existing employees. Where no suitable internal candidates can be identified, the position is sourced externally.
The company is tangibly benefiting from succession planning as seen in the increasing number of newly upskilled senior employees coming through the ranks to middle management.
Social Economic Development
Corridor Infrabuild’s Social Economic Development (SED) strategy is about empowering the communities in our project catchment areas with resources, support and skills that ultimately lead to better lives.
Corridor Infrabuild aims to spend 1% of its net profit after tax (NPAT) on community projects and non-profit organisations.
The company’s SED programme has three key focus areas:
Education and Training: with focus on maths, science, environmental science and technology education.
Social development: investing in community development programmes, HIV/Aids awareness and other emergency-related initiatives such as disaster relief and ad-hoc sponsorship.
Economic development: with emphasis on promoting the sustainable creation of employment, particularly for marginalised and unskilled groups such as women and youth.