n Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering = Joernaal van die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut van Siviele Ingenieurswese - Geotechnical engineers and the Occupational Health and Safety Act In 38(3) 1996, pp.24-28 : discussion

Volume 39, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-2019



From the earliest days of geotechnical engineering in South Africa, engineers and geologists have made extensive use of open holes for inspection and recording of soil profiles. In addition, employees in the piling industry frequently descend into uncased holes for cleaning and inspection. Just how legal is this practice and what should the industry do to maintain the exemptions from the strict implementation of the law that it appears to enjoy?

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