Critical success factors for safety management on road construction projects in Ghana: - A case study of Sefwi Asanwineso – Akontommra – Boodi road

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The construction industry in Ghana contribute higher percentage to the country’s economic gross domestic product (GDP), creation of employment, contribute to gross domestic capital formation (GDCF), and also produce capital assets and facilities to increase of other sectors such as hospitals for quality health services. Many civil and building construction workers are injured and killed every year as a results of the activities they perform on site; some also suffer different ill health. Other tress-passers also injured or killed due to the fact that, road construction activities in Ghana are not been properly planned, managed, monitored and controlled. Even though Project Managers and HSE managers and officers in the construction industries, especially, road works division in Ghana are trying their best to minimize accidents that can cause serious ill-health problems or death, but the knowledge on how health and safety risks are managed on Ghanaian building construction and civil engineering sites is limited and need to be improved. The purpose this research study is to identify critical success factors (CSFs) for safety management road construction projects in Ghana of selected D1 and K1 Contractors, case study of Desicom Road Construction Company (DRCC Ltd.) in the Western Region of Ghana. The study set objectives to: (1) identify the most important factors that affect health and safety management performance of road construction projects in Ghana, (2) identify the challenges encounted during the implementation of health and safety measures on road construction projects sites, (3) identify worker’s behavior towards road construction safety management and (4) evaluate the enforcement of appropriate mechanisms and measures to ensure the success of health and safety management on road projects construction sites in Ghana. Field survey was conducted through a questionnaire and interview. The collected data was analyzed by using Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software. It was recommended that, a greater measure such as induction training and toolbox talks structures should be put in place to improve HSE systems and also to reduce the rate of construction accidents in building and civil engineering industries in Ghana
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management College of Art and Built Environment in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Science.
Critical Success Factors (CSFs), Tress-passers, Safety Management, Ill health, Induction, Toolbox