Adherence to health and safety practices in roof construction in Ghana

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Adherence is the state of being or the ability to become attached to something. Therefore being attached to something depends on some conditions available for cooperation by all stakeholders involved. The aim of this study was to identify factors for adherence of health and safety practice in roof construction. The objective w as to identify factors that influence workmen to adhere to health and safety and the relative impact these factors have on the roofing companies in Ghana. Literature though scanty, discovered three major categories of factors that influenced adherence of health and safety practices. The review served as the bases for collecting Quantitive data which was used to design the questionnaire for the research. Data collected was analysed using mean score to find the relative importance. The study revealed that the identified adherence factors highly influence health and safety, with provision of safety incentives, client require safety compliance on their site and care for personal safety ranked highly among all three categories irrespectively and also has significant impact in the roofing companies. The response rate towards certain factors highlighted gaps in roof work practices. The study recommended that roofing companies should implement these factors to their advantage so as to reduce casualties or fatalities, improve on work performance and for customer satisfaction and feedback. In addition, appropriate state institution should be empowered to enforce adherence to health and safety or if possible make it a prerequisite for establishing a roofing contracting business. In conclusion, roofing companies in Ghana should set up necessary procedures within their organization based on the results from respondents irrespective of the financial commitment to also help gain international recognition.
A Thesis Submitted to the Department of Building Technology, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of a degree of Master of Science in Construction Management.
Health and safety, Adherence, Roof construction, Operatives