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An assessment of the influence of contextual environment on health and safety practices in the Nigerian construction industry

An assessment of the influence of contextual environment on health and safety practices in the Nigerian construction industry

Umeokafor, Nnedinma (2015) An assessment of the influence of contextual environment on health and safety practices in the Nigerian construction industry. In: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction. EEI Publishing, Downpatrick, Belfast, UK, pp. 397-406. ISBN 9781909854017

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a survey that appraised the influence of contextual factors on health and safety (H&S) practices in the Nigerian construction industry. This is on the grounds that understanding the environment that construction contractors operate in will help in improving the H&S record of the industry. Some key contextual factors were identified through literature review and questionnaires were distributed to construction practitioners to identify the contextual factors that influence H&S practices in their organisations. The respondents were also asked to score their perceptions on the extent that these factors influence H&S practices in their organisations. The responses of the survey were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The respondents (43.5%) opine that accidents are predestined. The respondents also rank the impact of inadequate H&S regulatory system to be the highest contextual factor that influences H&S practices with relative importance index (RII) of 0.80. This is followed by inadequate governmental attention on H&S with RII of 0.77. Strategies towards improving H&S should be based on contextual issues; yet, this area remains under-examined if not unexamined in Nigeria.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Benefitting Workers and Society through Inherently Safe(r) Construction
Additional Information: CIB WO99 International Health and Safety Conference, Londonderry NI, 9-11 September 2015. © CIB W099
Uncontrolled Keywords: Construction industry, Contextual, Factors, Health and safety practices.
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Pre-2014 University Structure > School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Built Environment
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2016 10:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13906

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