Safety and Sustainable Development

Powerbars and Control cc train and renew the skills level of all employees on a continuous basis.  With regards to safety and health issues, Powerbars ensures to be fully compliant with the OSHACT No. 85 of 1993 and the respective 37(2) Agreements with the various clients within industry.

The management system, backed-up by a well facilitated administrative division and full time Safety Officers ensures to sustain development at Powerbars and Control cc by encompassing commitment to applying the principles of sustainable development with regards to health, safety, the environment and quality (SHEQ).  With Powerbars and Control’s quality assurance, sustainable development is integral to the way we do business.


To achieve the goal of zero accidents Powerbars and Control cc aim:

To meet and uphold all client requirements including employment equity and empowerment targets, and also adopts most select international industry best practices to progress safety, health, and environmental quality systems.

To constantly upgrade the health and safety standards in accordance with the risk profile and ensure that all employees receive the necessary training and understand the standards set and follow them.

To enhance career path development of employees through active training and participation in quality improvement processes.

To strive to avoid damage to property, and to implement a proper management system for hazardous waste of non bio-degradable resources and prevent pollution.

To pledge its commitment to, as far as possible, lessen the impact of the engineering operations on the surrounding areas.

To Maintain regular, open and honest communication with all stake holders and communities affected by the companies’ undertaking.

To promote similar philosophies in suppliers and other organisations.

To do everything in their power to create a climate in which positive attitudes towards the health and safety program can be established and advanced.

To Provide a formal and established avenue for employees to bring health and safety issues to the attention of Management and provide an avenue for Management to bring health and safety matters to the attention of employees.

To focus on prevention rather than cure.


At Powerbars and Control cc zero harm is an aspirational goal to uphold and continually improve the safety, health, environment and quality performances in ways appropriate to the nature, scale and impact of our business.




1.1    General:

The Project manager will familiarize himself with the Health and safety act (act 85 of 1993) (“The Act”) relating to the work to be performed.

1.1.1. Minimum personal equipment
- A recognized and serviceable full body safety harness or belt with fall arrestor.
- Suitable climbing shoes or safety shoes
- Protective head gear
- Gloves

1.1.2. Hard Hat Area
The immediate area below the tower must be considered extremely hazardous and this space as well as the area within the barrier tape cordon is deemed a hard
hat area and no persons will be allowed into such area without the correct protective gear. There must be at least two (2) spare hard hats on site for persons
who require access to the site for inspection purposes.

1.1.3. Climbing Methods
It is preferable to use the climbing ladder for access to a work area. Although it is not always possible, the erection team must be encouraged to use the ladder
when ever possible. No work may be performed on the structure after sunset and permission must be obtained from the Engineer and/or Supervisor to work after
hours under lights. Workers may not be suspended from any structure nor pulled up on the side of any structure with ropes or any mechanical means. Riggers
must at all times whilst working on a tower be connected to the structure via the recognized safety harness. The rigger must at all times have at least two (2) safety
points fastened to the structure.

1.1.4. Rigging equipment and components
All equipment and tower components (including bolts and nuts) used on the structure must be secured either to the riggers person or to the structure itself
whilst working on the tower.

1.1.5. Pulleys
All pulleys and hoisting mechanisms shall be secured to the correct strength bearing members to avoid straining or deforming lesser components. Approved
locations should be discussed with the site supervisor before commencing with the mounting of pulleys.

1.1.6. Medical unfit
All rigging personnel must be medically fit whilst working on a site. It is suggested that all personnel undergo medical assessments to evaluate their
suitability for their positions. Any employee suspected of being medically unfit or under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be allowed access to the
structure and will be suspended pending further investigation.

2.1. General
A rigging equipment log is to be available at the site at all times in which the following must be documented:
- Identification and numbering of all the equipment on site
- Date of last inspection
- Date of next inspection
- Safe workloads of working equipment
- Name of person responsible for equipment maintenance and  maintenance procedures and intervals.
- All equipment with load certification

2.2. Maintenance
All rigging equipment shall be maintained and inspected at regular intervals as per dates
shown in the equipment log. Any equipment not complying with the minimum standard
must be destroyed and replaced without delay. All clothing must be kept clean and
presentable. Thorn clothing will not be accepted on site due to safety reasons

3. Electrical Safety
One of the most common causes of accidental death today is electrocution .Electricity is today not given the respect or treated with the caution it deserves .
Accidental contact with electrical components can have deadly consequences. The following guidelines can reduce the risk of personal injury in the workplace.

1.    Never work on live equipment unless u received specialized training and
Follow the right procedures.
2.    All electrical tools and appliances will be double insulated or have a three prong plug-in.
3.    Only qualified and authorized electricians are allowed to service and repair electrical appliances, tools and equipment.
4.    Prior to operating electrical powered tools and equipment, ensure that you are working on a dry surface.
5.    Tools with damaged cords, grounds and housing units are to be tagged “Out of Service” and sent for repair.
6.    Missing or damaged ground plugs of any appliance, tool or piece of equipment are to be repaired prior to use.
7.    Damaged extension cords shall be tagged “Out of Service”, repaired or replaced as warranted.
8.    Always stand to the side of a service box when resetting a breaker.
9.    All electrical tools should have a recognized and approved mark of quality.
10.    Disconnect power tools from power source before making adjustments. Defective equipment needs to be tagged “Out of Service” and removed.
11.    Tools with electrical arcing brushes should be removed when you feel any tingling during use.
12.    Never switch on electrical switches or liven up equipment without the authority to do so.
13.    Never disregard any lockouts or interfere with obvious signs or attempts to.
stop the access to switchgear.
14     Do not leave any unlock able switchgear unattended while working on    equipment .can start automatically.
15.    If U cannot lock out, Remove the source of power.