nitial Incident


Make safety everyone’s priority, urges SHENA

PUBLISHED:08 August 2019

The Safety, Health and Environment National Authority (SHENA) seeks the cooperation of all companies undertaking any construction related activities to prioritise the safety and welfare of their employees and to review their Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) practices.

This is due to recent accidents within the construction industry, both fatal and non-fatal.

SHENA is the national authority responsible for workplace safety and health. It was established by the Safety, Health and Environment National Authority Order, 2018 and enacted on the October 6, 2018.

In a statement yesterday, SHENA said HSE practices must never be compromised at the expense of meeting project deadlines.

“Weak HSE practices bring about project delays, monetary loss which ultimately impacts business opportunities.

“It is timely that companies need to change their mindset to the conviction that workplace safety is good and necessary for business and it reflects positively on their reputations,” it added.

In relation to this, SHENA has rolled out a Lifting Operations guideline via an Industry Guidance Note 01/2019 that is available on the SHENA website

“Stern actions will be taken against companies who fail to comply with the law,” it strongly warned.

It is an employer’s duty to report any workplace incident to SHENA by filling in an Initial Incident Notification form that is available on the SHENA website and submitting the complete form to

For any enquiries or request for further information, write in to

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