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Abdul-Aziz, A-R and Hussin, A-A (2003) Construction Safety in Malaysia: A Review of Industry Performance and Outlook for the Future. Journal of Construction Research, 4(02), 141–53.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Construction safety; foreign site operatives; legislative intervention; Malaysia; regulative institutions
- ISBN/ISSN: 1609-9451
- URL: http://www.worldscinet.com/jcr/04/0402/S1609945103000364.html
In 1994, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was gazetted in Malaysia. In tandem with existing safety legislation, OSHA 1994 is designed to reduce industrial accident rates. This paper addresses the subsequent construction safety performance. The construction industry has been plagued by a poor safety record due to a confluence of factors. The paper suggests that the presence of a significant number of foreign workers contribute to high construction casualty figures. The paper highlights the confusing signals sent out to the industry by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) and the Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) arising from conflicting instructions and initiatives. The paper draws upon some of the data compiled during a national study conducted in 1996–1997 that examined foreign and local site operatives in Malaysia. By referring to developments that have happened since the study the paper is made current.