Health & safety measures within the construction industry: a shark comparison and implementation in large contractor firms and SMEs

Raghvani, Sunit (2014) Health & safety measures within the construction industry: a shark comparison and implementation in large contractor firms and SMEs. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The health & safety aspect of any construction project is vital to ensure the clients time, budget and preferred qualities are met. The health & safety measures implemented in construction firms has a significant impact on the levels of accidents on construction sites. Previous studies have embarked upon finding justifications as to why there is such as great variations in health & safety measures implemented and the number of accidents recorded on site. The literature that is available has highlighted that larger construction firms tend to have a wider variety of health & safety measures in places as pose to SMEs, this is primarily due to the availability of finances, lack of knowledge, awareness and time restrictions.
    This research project has investigated variations in health & safety measures implemented and the number of accidents on site in SMEs and large contractors.
    Primary data in the form of postal questionnaires were collected to in order to fulfil the aims and objectives of this research project. The participants were selected using the RICS ‘Find a surveyor’ and CIOB website, a total of 100 surveys were distributed with a 36% response rate.
    The results revealed significant differences in the implementation of various health & safety provisions and systems. The findings of the survey had also displayed that it was the large contractors that often had a greater level of health & safety provisions in places to safeguard their employees as pose to SMEs.
    The findings of the survey directly relate and support that of the existing literature. The analysis had revealed there were correlations between the health & safety measures implemented, level of investment in health & safety and the number of accidents on site.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 16 Jan 2015 15:03
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:47
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16416

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