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Construction Health and Safety

Construction Health and Safety

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Published by: shijohn on Oct 28, 2009
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The topic is to show the importance of Health and Safety to construction worksand how it affects the members of the working community and also how it affectsthe people in the neighborhood.Health as defined by Longman’s Dictionary of Contemporary English is a state of  being well in body and mind and free from disease while Safety is described by thesame dictionary as a condition of being free from danger, harm or risk. Bokinni(2006) on the other hand describe Safety as a control of recognized hazards toattain an acceptable level of risk. Naturally, the effect of construction on Safety, Health and the surroundingenvironment would vary from particular operations starting with extraction of  building materials from quarries and methods by which the extraction is occurring,transportation, preparation of building materials at site and construction of works processes.Health and Safety in Building construction projects should be a major concern for everybody in the construction industry but it is a pity that it in this part of the worldespecially in Nigeria, enough attention is not been given to the issue.In the Civil and building construction works which involve excavation, and/or demolition, concrete work, painting, roofing, operation of machines, plant andequipment, use of hand tools and many other operations call for attention from
relevant authorities, regulatory bodies, societies, scientists, professionals and businessmen to establish safety and health management programs and lawsgoverning construction works activities.
Health and Safety has not been given enough attention in the construction industryin Nigeria thereby making the workmen on site prone to accident and may not becatered for even after the accident.As a result of this poor attitude it is found necessary to create a solution to the problem encountered in the provision of Health and Safety of workers on site.
The aim of this study is to identify the importance of Health and Safety in theconstruction industry
To identify the role of Health and Safety in the building constructionindustry in Nigeria
To emphasize the need a Health and Safety Regulation in the constructionindustry
To emphasize the need for a Health and Safety Policy in constructioncompanies
From the information that will be gathered, the importance of Health and Safetywill be made known to all concerned as far as the Nigerian construction industry isconcerned. This study will also show the dangers of not having a Health and SafetyRegulation to the decisions makers in the construction in the industry. It will also be useful to the management of construction companies in Nigeria in creating aHealth and Safety Plan for workers on their sites.
The study is actually intended to examine the level of Health and Safety that is being provided in the average Nigerian construction site but with special attentionto the construction sites inside Yaba College of Technology and this is because of the time constraint experienced.
The information gathered for this study will be obtained from books of distinguished authors, newspaper, professional construction journals, BuildingRegulations and Codes and the internet.Also structured questionnaire will be administered among site personnels rangingfrom professionals to non-trade tested artisans and other site operatives. Theinformation gathered will be analyzed in a much later chapter.

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