ASSESSMENT OF THE IMPACT OF HEALTH AND SAFETY CULTURE ON CONSTRUCTION SITE PERFORMANCE (A CASE STUDY OF SOME CONSTRUCTION SITES IN OKIGWE)

Author: Ihenketu Christopher
Department: Building
Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka

The study examined the impact of health and safety culture on construction site performance and aim to identify practical innovative and routine methods that are used or can be used in the construction site for an effective planning of the health construction workplace. Survey research design was employed for the study; the study population was all workers of both residential and commercial buildings in 5 different sites in Okigwe zone in Imo State of Nigeria estimated to be about 324. 200 workers were used as sample using table of random numbers. The study was guided by five research questions. Instrument used for the study was “Health and Safety Questionnaire” (HSQ) with 15 items. The instrument was validated by experts and a reliability coefficient of 0.80 was established using test-retest reliability techniques. Mean, standard deviation, rank and t-test statistics were used for data analysis to answer the research questions and to test the hypothesis. From the findings; the impacts of health and safety culture are recognized and no significant difference exist in the mean rating of the recognition residential and commercial sites, environmental issues occur for not implementing health and safety culture and no significant difference in the rating of those issues on both sites, risk and hazards can be assess on site and no significant difference exist on the ways they are been assessed on both sites, designers attitude contribute to health and safety and the impacts of safety legislation, policies and procedures are recognized and no significant difference exist on the recognition on both sites. Therefore, it is the view of this study that the impact of health and safety culture is very essential in the formulation of whatever strategy for the attainment of effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of green buildings. Recommendations were made.

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