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International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies
ISSN: 2028-9324     CODEN: IJIABO     OCLC Number: 828807274     ZDB-ID: 2703985-7
 
 
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Factors affecting management of safety and health in the building construction industry in Nakuru County, Kenya


Volume 18, Issue 1, October 2016, Pages 83–89

 Factors affecting management of safety and health in the building construction industry in Nakuru County, Kenya

Muui Nancy Nyaruai1, Robert Kinyua2, and Ruth Gathu3

1 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
2 The Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
3 Institute of Energy and Environmental Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya

Original language: English

Received 28 May 2016

Copyright © 2016 ISSR Journals. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract


The building construction industry in Nakuru County is one of the fastest growing industries employing a large workforce. The industry is however plagued by many health and safety problems and is sometimes rated as the most dangerous land based industry. The purpose of the research was to identify the safety and health risks in the building construction industry and determine the preventive measures used against safety and health risks. A survey was conducted and data collected using a non systematic approach using observations, questionnaires and interviews. The data was then analyzed using SPSS. It was found that there was no emphasis on health and safety issues hence many accidents and health problems occurred. This was evidenced by low use of personal protective equipment, poor or no use of scaffolds, no harnesses, lack of first aid facilities among others. There is need for the government to come up with sector specific policies for the building construction industry and strengthen enforcement. It is recommended that safety and health issues be given priority in development issues and building construction be treated like any other trade.

Author Keywords: safety, health, building construction, risks, hazards, accident, injury.


How to Cite this Article


Muui Nancy Nyaruai, Robert Kinyua, and Ruth Gathu, “Factors affecting management of safety and health in the building construction industry in Nakuru County, Kenya,” International Journal of Innovation and Applied Studies, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 83–89, October 2016.