Beware non-compliant contractors,

Beware non-compliant contractors, says Indawo. Undoubtedly, one of the most valuable assets of the modern world is property. We go through the enormous expense of purchasing property and buildings for residential and business use, only to then invest in a non-compliant contractor when it needs vital maintenance. Painting, waterproofing and construction contractor, Indawo, warns against paying too little attention to regular maintenance requirements and recommends using only contractors who are compliant with the law, have the right skills and resources and experience for the scope of the project.

Indawo group managing director, Geoffrey Jäck says that, while intentions are certainly not to reduce the value of their fixed investment, by falling into the trap of opting for non-compliant contractors, owners are in danger of, in fact, damaging the investment value of their asset. While it is true that the cheapest contractor is by no means the worst contractor, it is important that building owners understand the process of selecting a compliant contractor and one that has the ability to do the job.

Waterproofing, for example, requires a keen and experienced eye to identify not only the problem, but the source of water ingress, often metres away from the visible signs of the water leak. Painting needs precise preparation to ensure the right application of the right product to validate the manufacturer’s product guarantee. Painting at heights requires a special skill and a worker who is certified medically fit with the necessary working at heights training. In some cases, rope access methodologies for difficult to reach areas are used, not to mention attention to the safety of the workers and the public.

When it comes to construction, health and safety aspects come into the spotlight, especially working at heights or with heavy machinery. Adherence to the law and compliancy with the Department of Labour, the Building Industry Bargaining Council and other industry bodies is a prerequisite and vital for the contractor and the building owner.

Indawo points out some of the pitfalls of using a non-complaint contractor:

  • Falling short of the law. Easily the most important aspect of any construction is the strict adherence to the law. What building owners should know is that if a contractor is non-compliant, the owner of the building or residence will be liable for prosecution as well as the contractor.
  • Quality of work. Compliant contractors have a reputation to uphold and have to toe-the-line with industry bodies to avoid cancellation of their memberships.
  • In many cases contractors will only be accepted as members of industry bodies when they have the required industry experience.
  • Safety of workers and the public. It is imperative that workers are trained in all aspects of health and safety. Generally, compliant contractors provide health and safety training for their workers prior to the onset of the job. Untrained workers add to the risk factors of the contractor and the building owner.
  • Dangerous substances. In cases of specific dangers, like handling asbestos, only registered and compliant contractors are allowed, by law, to handle asbestos. Specific handling and disposal techniques are required that protect the workers, the public and our environment.

Jäck continues, “It is important to note that construction has become a highly regulated industry, which has provided much needed structure much to the benefit of the worker. This has been welcomed by the industry, however, it is worrying to note that some contractors still operate on the wrong side of compliance in this regard. The industry is a major provider of employment and a strong, well-trained workforce is a critical success factor, not only for the industry as a whole, but for the completion of projects to the satisfaction of clients.

Regular maintenance is critical, but using a compliant contractor is vital to ensure that both contractor and owner do not fall short of the law.

For more information, contact Indawo on 021 941 5000 or email