Journal of Earth Sciences and Geotechnical Engineering

Effect of Lack of Adequate Attention to Safety Measures on Construction Sites in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria

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    Considering the high number of work related fatal and non-fatal injuries, the construction industry has been a priority area for safety research and interventions. In most developing countries, safety consideration in construction projects delivery is not given a priority and the implementation of safety measures during construction is considered a burden. This study was conducted to investigate the common type of accidents, and to examine the effect of lack of adequate attention to safety measures on construction sites in Akwa Ibom State. A well-structured questionnaire was used to obtain data from workers and operatives in construction firms in the study area. A total of 114 completed and returned questionnaires were used for analysis. The result shows that the most common injuries on sites are injury while handling materials, and slips and trips on objects .It reveals that the neglect of safety on sites may have considerable impact of worker productivity and performance and capable of undermining the reputation of construction companies thereby increasing expenses. Construction managers should ensure that only trained workers are involved in handling of materials. Sites should be kept clean, and attention given to proper site layout to reduce or eliminate the possibility of trips and slips.