Health and Safety Management Practices in the Building Construction Industry in Akure, Nigeria
American Journal of Engineering and Technology Management
Volume 3, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages: 23-28
Received: Jan. 27, 2018;
Accepted: Feb. 11, 2018;
Published: Mar. 14, 2018
Views 2161 Downloads 219
Olusoga Olawale Oreoluwa, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Fagbemi Olasunkanmi, Department of Architecture, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria
Health and safety of construction workers on building construction sites in Nigeria have become necessary as a result of the hazardous nature of the practice. It is noteworthy to mention that accidents of any kind are bound to happen on these sites resulting into injuries that are sometimes fatal to site workers. Nevertheless, an evaluation of the health and safety management practices put in place by building contractors in the construction industry in Nigeria is the main thrust of this study. This paper discusses the different sources of accidents on construction sites. It also investigates the current state and adherence to health and safety practice in Nigeria. 110 questionnaires were used to extract information from respondents within the Akure metropolis. The safety precautions put in place by contractors for their site workers was also probed. Issues such as the post-accident treatment of site workers were also investigated. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. The study found that construction workers are left to protect themselves in the line of duty and are largely responsible for any occurrence of accidents. As a result, a lot needs to be done to ensure the health and safety of site workers. Recommendations were made on possible solutions yearning for strict actions to be taken against defaulters by the respective site inspectors.
Olusoga Olawale Oreoluwa,
Health and Safety Management Practices in the Building Construction Industry in Akure, Nigeria, American Journal of Engineering and Technology Management.
Vol. 3, No. 1,
2018, pp. 23-28.
Alhajeri, M. (2011). Health and safety in the construction industry: challenges and solutions in the UAE. Unpublished Thesis. Coventry: Coventry University.
Anderson, J. (2007). “Health and safety- matching legislation and enforcement,” Proceedings of the Institute of Civil Engineers Management, Procurement and Law, Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Cambridge University Press, pp.11-15.
Awodele, O. A. & Ayoola, M. C. (2005). An Assessment of Safety Programmes on Construction Sites. Journal of Land Use and Development Studies, 1(1). Retrieved from http://journalanduse.org/Assets/Vol.1papers AN ASSESSMENT OF SAFETY PROGRAMMES ON CONSTRUCTIONSITES.pdf
Bala, K., Namala, A. and Adamu, S. (2012). Imperatives of project quality Management plan and Health and Safety plan as Pre-contract documents: Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria and Nigerian Institute of Building Mandatory constructing professional development programme (MCPDP) pp. 511.
Federal Republic of Nigeria, (2010). “The Employee’s Compensation Act, 2010,” Official Gazette, Abuja, Nigeria, Federal Government Press, 97(101).
HSE (2003). Casual factors in construction accidents.
Idubor, E. E. and Osiamoje, M. D. (2013). “An exploration of health and safety management issues in Nigeria’s effort to industrialize,” European Scientific Journal, 9(12), pp.154-169.
Indian Council of Medical Research (2003). A National Priority on Occational Health and Safety Management System. Bulletin. Vol. 33, New Delhi, India: Shri J. N. Mathur.
International Labour Office (2005). Prevention: A Global Strategy. Promoting safety and Health at Work. The ILO Report for World Day for Safety and Health at Work, International Labour Office, Geneva, 2005. ISBN 92-2-117107-8.
International Training Centre of the ILO (2011). Occupational Safety and Health Management in the Construction Sector. Retrieved from http://socialprotection.itcilo.org/en/courses/Open_courses/A904155
Kadiri Z. O, Nden T, Avre G. K, Oladipo T. O, Edom A, Samuel P. O and Ananso G. N (2014). Causes and Effects of Accidents on Construction Sites (A Case Study of Some Selected Construction Firms in Abuja F. C. T Nigeria) IOSR Journal of Mechanical and Civil Engineering (IOSR – JMCE), Vol. 11, pp 66-72.
Mac Collum, D. V (1995). Construction Safety Planning. John Wiley.
Mwobeki, F. K, (2005). Occupational, Health and safety Challenges in construction Sites in Tanzania. 4th Triennial International Conference. Rethinking and Revitalizing construction safety, health, Environmental and Quality, Port Elizabeth. S. A.
Nongiba, A. K. (2008). Impact of health and safety management on safety performance of SMMEs in Ghana.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (2005). Workers Safety Series (Construction). U.S Department of Labour. U.S.A.
Okeola O. G (2009). Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) assessment in the construction industry. 1st annual civil engineering conference. Physical Planning Unit, University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Smallwood, J. & Haupt, T. (2005). The need for construction health and safety (H&S) and the construction regulations: Engineers’ perceptions. Journal of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering, 47(2), pp. 2-8.
Wallah, D. J. (1963). Accident Prevention Manual for shop teacher. The Technical Press Ltd London.
Health and Safety Commission, 1993. Third Report of the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Nuclear Installations – Organizing for Safety. ISBN 0-11-882104-0.
Kolo, D. N. (2015). Safety Issues Involving Workers on Building Construction Sites in Nigeria: An Abuja Study. Master’s Thesis submitted to the institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus.
Balch, A. and Geddes, A. (2003) UK migration policy in light of sectoral dynamics: the case of the construction sector. Unpublished research.
Zou, P. X. W., Zhang, G. and Wang, J. Y. (2007). Understanding the key risks in construction projects in China. International Journal f Project Management. 25(6), 601-614.