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Alkilani, S, Jupp, J and Sawhney, A (2013) Issues of construction health and safety in developing countries: a case of Jordan. Construction Economics and Building, 13(03), 141-156.
- Type: Journal Article
- Keywords: Health and safety; construction; Jordan
- ISBN/ISSN: 1837-9133
- URL: https://doi.org/10.5130/AJCEB.v13i3.3301
The construction industry is widely regarded as one of the most significant in terms of its impact on health and safety (H&S). Recent findings suggest that in developing countries H&S awareness and performance is low. In this paper, the current state of H&S on construction sites in Jordan was explored using a two-part investigation. The first part introduces the area of research in a literature based study of on-site safety. The second part is a case study on the Jordanian construction industry and its current H&S practices. Primary data was collected from field visits, expert interviews and semi-structured questionnaires. Supporting secondary data was collected from archival studies and related research literature. The research findings highlight a lack of government commitment exemplified by regulations, policies and legal constraints that limit the operational efficiency of those government departments responsible for H&S management, and hindering the development of good H&S practice. Research results also highlight the key constraints of good H&S practice from the perspective of construction contractors. The study concludes with discussion of potential solutions to improve H&S performance on construction sites in Jordan.