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HOW TO IDENTIFY TEAM MEMBERS STRUGGLING TO DEAL WITH TRAUMA ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE

HOW TO IDENTIFY TEAM MEMBERS STRUGGLING TO DEAL WITH TRAUMA ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE

Unfortunately, there is always a risk of accidents on construction sites and these accidents may sometimes lead to fatal injuries and even death. We all deal with trauma differently but as Construction Professionals it is important to know when your team members are struggling to deal with the trauma; because in most cases people struggling to deal with trauma are more likely to bury it in their minds and pretend it never happened.   Here are some of the symptoms to look out for when team members struggle to deal with trauma i.e. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Change in behaviour i.e. Nightmares Anxiety Fears (real or imagined related to the incident) Insomnia Eating too much/ to... »

THE 2017 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS) AND HARDHAT PROFESSIONALS

THE 2017 MEDIUM TERM BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT (MTBPS) AND HARDHAT PROFESSIONALS

The 2017 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement which was tabled on Wednesday 25 October 2017 by the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has identified the main risks to South Africa’s fiscal position over the medium term to be “the macroeconomic outlook, budget execution, policy uncertainty and financially distressed state-owned companies.”   Some of the risks identified when Pravin Gordhan the previous Minister tabled the Budget Speech in February 2017, have materialised. These risks are the economy is under performing because of the heightened perceived policy and political uncertainty, and several state-owned companies are financially distressed.   Malusi Gigaba has also had to make... »

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION TIP: DON’T USE POWER POINT TO PLAN YOUR PRESENTATION

TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION TIP: DON’T USE POWER POINT TO PLAN YOUR PRESENTATION

The first mistake that many people make when planning a presentation is to open up Power Point and start making slides. “What’s wrong with that?” you may ask. Here are two ways in which I think the “Power Point First” method hampers you from giving your best possible presentation.   MS Power Point is designed as a presenting tool and not a planning tool. What goes in to planning is not what comes out at presenting. Paper and pen, mind mapping software, document outlines – these are all good tools for planning. The key principle here is that planning a presentation is different to planning a Power Point slide deck.   You need to have a very clear idea of what you are going to say be... »

8 REASONS WHY PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET IS SHIFTING TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (PPP)

8 REASONS WHY PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE MARKET IS SHIFTING TO PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS (PPP)

In the United States, governments are increasingly turning to public-private partnerships (PPPs) to implement public infrastructure works.   Here’s why the benefits of PPP project delivery, not just financing, will continue to shift the market in this direction.   Unclear responsibilities.A lack of clarity about decision making and project governance often hinders effective project delivery. PPPs address this challenge by requiring the owner to document and negotiate the performance standards, risk-allocation mechanisms, responsibilities, rewards, and penalties in a transparent and commercially realistic manner. Poor alignment with strategy.Support can wane, or implementation can b... »

10 HIDDEN KILLERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

10 HIDDEN KILLERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Over the last few years’ safety has improved on construction projects and there are fewer accidents and deaths. However, there is still much that can be done and which can be improved. Unfortunately, much of the improvements have been focused on the safety aspects on the project, yet sometimes there are bigger killers lurking out there. In this article, I want to focus on some aspects which are neglected on construction projects.   HIDDEN KILLERS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY   1. MENTAL HEALTH. Suicide rates are going up in many parts of the world and construction workers aren’t exempt from this scourge. Unfortunately, in construction, workers often have to work long hours and far from ... »

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