Safety management practices in the construction of road works in the public sector-a case study of the Department of Urban Roads

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The road infrastructure contributes to Ghana’s pursuit of economic advancement, nonetheless despite its importance to the national growth the industry is often plagued with high accidents rates on construction sites thus being considered risky for clients, contractors and workers alike and hence the need for effective safety management practices. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the safety management practices that the department of urban roads adopts in the execution of road works in a quest to stimulate the practices that are related to safety performances in road infrastructure endeavours. A survey questionnaire was administered to a sample size of 45 professionals of the department and contractors or contractor’s representative working with the department or have worked with the department in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana were involved in the research study by way of administration of survey questionnaires. A response rate of 82% of the sampling frame was obtained. The findings of the study showed that, the most employed safety management practice was the provision of adequate welfare facilities on site. The findings of the evaluation survey revealed an evaluated score of forty seven percent (47%) of safety management practice was obtained against standard safety management practice. It is therefore recommended and concluded that the department must give adequate safety training and education, induction training to contractors and or construction employees before they resume construction works and ensure that standard safety management practices are adhered to.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Building Technology, College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science,