Occupational health and safety issues in the informal economic segment of Pakistan: a survey of construction sites

Ishfaq, Ahmed and Muhammad Zeeshan, Shaukat and Ahmad, Usman and Muhammad Musarrat, Nawaz and Mian Sajid, Nazir (2018) Occupational health and safety issues in the informal economic segment of Pakistan: a survey of construction sites. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, 24 (2). pp. 240-250. ISSN 1080-3548

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Abstract

This research covers the current status of occupational health and safety (OHS)-related practices in the informal construction segment of Pakistan. Data were collected, through interviews, from 316 construction sites employing 3577 workers. The results of the study reveal that both employers and workers lack knowledge of OHS laws/standards and no practices of this nature are enacted at these construction sites. Alarmingly, work-related accidents, whenever they happen, are not given due attention and there is no formal injury-report system. The informal construction industry employs a huge portion of the informal workforce, and lack of OHS happens at tremendous human cost. These research findings may thus play their role in strengthening the case for reforms in the sector. This study, if properly utilized, may also enable employers of the sector by increasing their knowledge about OHS practices and, as a result, trying to offer safer environments for their workers. © 2017 Central Institute for Labour Protection–National Research Institute (CIOP-PIB).

Item Type: E-Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: occupational health and safety, informal sector, attitudes, perceptions, construction, Pakistan, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Economics and Business
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 03:38
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 03:38
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/20191

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