Bring focus on building safely
The problem is not that there are no safety regulations in place. The issue is that they are ignored than followed, either willingly, or out of ignorance.
The situation today
Risks associated with the construction industry include injuries from falls, from falling or moving objects, transportation related risks, exposure to hazardous materials and electrical risks. The construction industry has the highest ratio of injuries and fatalities when compared to other industries like manufacturing. The reasons for this are many, starting with the nature of working conditions, to the lack of safety training, and non-observance of health, safety, security and environment (HSSE) regulations.
The ones closest to the ground reality and charged with supervising the safety on site are the vendors and contractors. However, a fatal combination of lack of competency and lack of commitment to making things better are work against the enforcement of HSSE regulations. Contractors and vendors are also hesitant to invest in safety equipment due to cost reasons.
An oft-ignored area is in the storage of materials. HSSE norms like ventilation requirements in the case of volatile compounds, or stacking height of cement bags etc. are observed more in the breach
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