Monday, January 30, 2012

Accidents in Construction Industry Problems

Rapid development of this emerging economy has certainly many benefits to all Malaysians. However, we also recognize that with the side effects that must be overcome. One of them is increased danger or risk in the workplace as a result of the use of materials, equipment and sophisticated processes and many at this time. Of course these risks effectively controlled to ensure productivity and quality of work in the construction industry can always be maintained at high levels (Embong Ludin, 1995). High accident in the construction sector can lead to loss of national manpower and loss of property worth thousands of millions of dollars each year. In the construction industry, most cases occur in the workplace injury was caused by workers not given adequate safety training or did not receive training (Grossman, 1996). Table 2. shows the number of accidents (fatal) in the year in Malaysia between 2000-2004.
Indeed, there is no denying that one of the side effects of rapid economic development in recent years is the risks that involves the risk of labor accidents and occupational diseases are reported more serious. Accidents and occupational diseases that affect the development of the country's high and the loss of manpower. As you know, labor is an important national asset and the backbone of the development process. Economic and social development can not be achieved without contributions from the workers. Therefore, efforts are made to ensure the safety and health of the workers was not affected (Levitt et al, 1987).
Provisions are complied with by the employer as the Occupational Safety and Health Act 1994 to provide training and provide safety knowledge does not seem to be fully implemented by the employer. Grounds of high cost of training to be the main reason employers refuse to implement this requirement (Everett, 1996). According to Davies and Tomasin (1996), employers in the construction industry to provide various levels of safety and health training to each employee and officer management. Therefore, the employer or contractor can be said is the key in determining the safety and health of employees.