An assessment of occupational health and safety requirements on the Ayanfuri resettlement project in Ghana

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Construction projects involve a lot of hazards and hazardous activities. There are several legislative frameworks that seek to address occupational health and safety at various workplaces in Ghana. However, incidents and near misses usually occur, and may result in disabilities and fatalities if the necessary steps are not taken. The aim of the study is to audit and review occupational health and safety requirements on the Ayanfuri Resettlement project for improvement. The objectives are to identify the occupational health and safety requirements on the Ayanfuri Resettlement project, assess the level of awareness of personnel involved in the project of the occupational health and safety requirements, identify shortfalls and outline ways of improving the shortfalls in the requirements. The research adopted a quantitative research method where all 56 personnel involved with the project were sampled. Numbers mostly presented as frequencies and percentages were used to depict responses from respondents. The study established that 60.00% of project managers/ coordinators and supervisors say there is no project management plan being used on the project, there is no permanent OHS officer on the project, 57.10% of the respondents said no to first aid boxes at their work areas, 65.50% said no to the conduction of safety emergency simulations and although no documented safety management plan, most workers were aware of their duties and responsibilities when it comes to safety. These imply there may be lapses in the management of occupational health and safety on the project. It was, however, recommended that the project managers and project team members develop a safety management plan for the project, a permanent OHS officer be employed to be part of the project team, first aid boxes to be made available at all work areas and the frequent conduction of simulation drills.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction and Technology Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Health, Occupational Wellbeing,, Safety Requirements, Safety