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DETERMINANTS OF CONSTRUCTION FIRMS' COMPLIANCE WITH HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

By Abimbola Windapo and Adebayo Akanbi Oladapo

Abstract

The management of health and safety issues is very significant in the construction industry in South Africa in terms of accident rates and cost to contractors. The costs\ud arise from both the cost of compliance with regulations and the cost of accidents and injuries. In spite of the fact that available evidence shows that construction-related\ud accidents and injuries are on the increase in South Africa, many designers and contractors regard the cost of complying with regulations as unnecessary additional financial burdens. It is against this background that this study investigated the statutory regulations relating to health and safety in construction in South Africa and the level of compliance with the regulations and motivation for compliance by contractors. Data obtained from contractors in a questionnaire survey the Western Cape Province of South Africa were analysed using percentage scores and mean score analysis with the aid of the SPSS software. Although the validity of the findings is limited by sample size used in the survey, it is hoped that the findings will provide empirical basis for a more inclusive survey of H&S in the construction industry in South Africa.\ud Keywords: health and safety, regulations, enforcement & compliance, construction industry, South Africa

Publisher: Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:clok.uclan.ac.uk:6529
Provided by: CLoK

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