AN INVESTIGATION OF SAFETY MEASURES ON CONSTRUCTION SITES IN KENYA: A CASE OF KISII MUNICIPALITY
Construction sites have been regarded as the most dangerous place to work in. Accident and injury rates in construction project sites is very high in comparison with other sectors of the industry. This study investigated the various aspects of safety measures in place in construction sites within Kisii Municipality. The purpose of the study was to establish the critical safety issues affecting the overall welfare and safety of the construction workers in the building construction sites. This study adopted a descriptive case study design. The study employed purposive and snowballing sampling techniques by using questionnaire, observation and interview schedules for data collection. Pilot study was conducted in the neighbouring Ogembo Town. The sample size for the main study was 357 construction workers from active construction sites. The data collected was analysed using SPSS program. Descriptive statistics was used to present quantitative data while qualitative data were organized into themes and narrated using direct quotations. The research findings revealed that contractors did not provide adequate welfare and safety-related facilities to the construction workers. Accidents were most commonly caused by falling objects. The findings also revealed that most accidents and injuries were not reported to the relevant authorities. Further findings revealed that lack of safety equipment,careless worker attitude and training on safety were the major factors influencing the workers’ attitudes towards safety on constuction sites. The study concluded that safety measures were not adequately observed on construction sites. The study further concluded that training in safety education and provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was lacking on construction sites. The study recommends that contractors and other relevant stake holders should organize periodic seminars and workshops for the construction workers on the importance of occupational safety and health requirements on construction sites.
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