EFFECTIVE SAFETY AND HEALTH PLANNING ON CONSTRUCTION SITES IN ONITSHA AND AWKA OF ANAMBRA STATE

EFFECTIVE SAFETY AND HEALTH PLANNING ON CONSTRUCTION SITES IN ONITSHA AND AWKA OF ANAMBRA STATE

ABSTRACT

The major purpose of this study was how to use good planning of construction activities to achieve safety, good health, control and prevention of accidents on building construction sites.

The population of the study consisted mostly of big construction firms in Anambra State, especially Awka and Onitsha that have had more than 5 years of active construction activities. The sample for the study was 10 reputable construction firms; five from Awka and 5 from Onitsha; which were drawn using simple random sampling. Five research questions and two hypotheses were formulated, which guided the study. A 13-item structured questionnaire was developed, for data collection. Frequency count/percentages and weighted mean (likert scale) were used to answer the research questions, while Chi-square was used to test the hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. It. Was concluded among others that:

(1) The nature of construction accidents is so diverse and widespread; that if not well confronted can lead to serious and extensive consequences. (2) For effective construction accident prevention and control, monitoring and enforcement instruments are necessary.  Based on the findings and the conclusions drawn from the study, recommendations were made.