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Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 (Act No. 85 of 1993)


Construction Regulations, 2014

21. Explosive actuated fastening device


(1) No contractor may use or permit any person to use an explosive actuated fastening device, unless—
(a) the user is provided with and uses suitable protective equipment;
(b) the user is trained in the operation, maintenance and use of such a device;
(c) the explosive actuated fastening device is provided with a protective guard around the muzzle end, which effectively confines any flying fragments or particles; and
(d) the firing mechanism is so designed that the explosive actuated fastening device, will not function unless—
(i) it is held against the surface with a force of at least twice its weight; and
(ii) the angle of inclination of the barrel to the work surface is not more than 15 degrees from a right angle.


(2)        A contractor must ensure that—

(a) only cartridges suited for the relevant explosive actuated fastening device, and the work to be performed, are used;
(b) an explosive actuated fastening device is cleaned and examined daily before use and as often as may be necessary for its safe operation by a competent person who has been appointed for that purpose;
(c) the safety devices of an explosive actuated fastening device are in good working order prior to use;
(d) when not in use, an explosive actuated fastening device and its cartridges are locked up in a safe place, which is inaccessible to unauthorized persons;
(e) an explosive actuated fastening device is not stored in a loaded condition;
(f) a warning notice is displayed in a conspicuous manner in the immediate vicinity wherever an explosive actuated fastening device is used; and
(g) the issuing and collection of cartridges and nails or studs of an explosive actuated fastening device are—
(i) controlled and done in writing by a person having been appointed in writing for that purpose; and
(ii) recorded in a register by a competent person and that the recipient has accordingly signed for the receipt thereof as well as the returning of any spent and unspent cartridges.