Perception of construction managers towards safety in Palestine

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Title Perception of construction managers towards safety in Palestine
Author Enshassi, Adnan; Mayer, Peter E.; Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady; EL-MASRI, Fayez
Journal Name International Journal of Construction Management
Editor Li Yin SHEN & Edwin H. W. CHAN
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publisher The Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management
Abstract Throughout the world, construction is one of the most hazardous industries due to the complex and unsafe nature of construction; the Gaza Strip in Palestine is no exception. Construction site safety records on the Gaza strip are considered poor and local contractors, sub-contractors and their workers face daily risks from hazards that need to be managed to prevent death, injury and illness. In view of this, the aim of this paper is to provide insight into the perception of Palestinian construction managers towards: 1) the local industryʼs characteristics which generally affect construction safety, and 2) the factors that directly or indirectly cause site accidents. In doing so, a relative importance index was developed and used to rank the different common characteristics and factors identified by local managers. The results highlighted the most important industry characteristics that give rise to safety challenges viz.: poor accident record keeping and reporting systems; extensive use of subcontractors; and lack of safety regulations and legislation. The results also indicated that the main factors leading to site accidents are: lack of supervision and control on workersʼ adherence to wear personal protective equipment, lack of regular safety meetings, and the lack of respect for the few available safety regulations.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 7
Issue Number 2
Page from 41
Page to 51
ISSN 1562-3599
Date Accessioned 2008-01-10
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Building Construction Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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