FACTORS IN CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS AND THE BARRIERS OF SAFETY PRACTICES: PERSPECTIVES OF CONTRACTORS
The construction industry has been plagued with numerous safety and health issues especially the high fatality rate in construction industry is alarming in Malaysia as a developing country. The fatal rate recorded 6.30 per 100,000 workers died in the Malaysia construction industry, which remains the highest among the rest of the industries; it is important to find out the relevant issues that caused the construction accidents. To address the gaps, the aim of the study to understand the employment situation of foreign workers and the current practices on safety and health on construction sites. A survey was conducted to 116 construction site personnel from different grade of contractor firms, provide an understanding on the current situation on safety and health, factors contributed to construction accidents, barriers of implementation of Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) practices at construction site with their perspectives. Statistically, the problems related to safety and health management on construction sites on communication with foreign workers, sufficiency of safety and health training contents were identified. With the uses of Levene’s test and Kruskal-Wallis test to find out the similarity’s perspectives between different scales of construction companies in Malaysia. This study aims to provide a useful information and a comprehensive overview on the construction accidents related issues for future application of safety and health programme on construction industry research.
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