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|Title||Factors Affecting Safety on Construction Projects|
The construction industry is concurrently recognized as a major economic force and one of the most hazardous industries. Accidents not only result in considerable pain and suffering but marginalize productivity, quality, time, and negatively affect the environment and consequently add to the cost of construction. Unfortunately, safety and health (S&H) and the environment are often neglected on construction sites and rarely managed. Safety and health is often discussed in management meetings as a priority, while in reality safety and health takes a low priority to budget and time discussions. S&H is being identified as a parameter that should be used along with the traditional parameters: cost, quality and time, to measure the success of projects. An effective safety program may prevent many accidents on construction sites. The reasons for considering safety and health are: human factor, legislation and financial issues. Inadequate safety and health has a negative impact on both the construction and built environments resulting in fatalities, injuries and diseases. The aim of this paper is to discuss the factors influencing safety on construction projects in Palestine. The study concludes that the benefits of S&H improvements include: reduced accident costs, increased productivity, improved human relations and enhanced firms’ image. S&H should be considered as a prerequisite for productivity and quality. It is recommended that management should give full safety training to all employees; good training of site managers and operatives can lead to improved safety on site.
|Published in||Islamic University of Gaza, Gaza Strip, Palestine|
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