Financial Costs of Construction Accidents and the Role of Quantity Surveyor in Safety Investment

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Financial Costs of Construction Accidents and the Role of Quantity Surveyor in Safety Investment

Zulaila Binti Ramlan
Universiti Teknologi Mara
ella261281@yahoo.com

Hasni Binti Hasan
Universiti Teknologi Mara
hasnihasan69@yahoo.com

Wan Norlidawani Binti Wan Hassan
Universiti Teknologi Mara
lida_wani@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Keywords: financial cost, construction accidents, quantity surveyor, safety investment

1.Introduction

Traditionally, cost, quality and time have constituted the parameters within with projects have been managed (John Smallwood & Theo Haupt, 2005). Although some speakers were quite vociferous about attributing onsite H&S deficiencies to design failings – with designers arguing that most construction accidents, when properly investigated, were not caused by design decisions, the presentations also demonstrated significant progress in improving standards in the industry although it is recognized there is still much to do in implementing occupational ill health schemes (Tony Baker, 2007). As we Endeavour to improve workplace safety, most of the focus in organizations today is on improvements in areas such as equipment, policies, system and training. The question is therefore, how we can continue to drive improvements in our aim for the holy grail of ‘zero accidents’ in quantity surveyor perceptions? (Richard Pound, 2011). One solution that can improve the OSH effectiveness in construction site is through sufficient allocation and provision of OSH specification in all stages stipulated in the contract document (Tony Baker, 2007).

2.Literature Review

Construction is one of the Malaysian’s most dangerous industries, despite a fall in the number of workplace injuries in the last few years. The evidence shows that, as described in the following Table 1, construction fatalities still remain high compared to other sectors while in Table 2, indicates number of victim for permanent disable.

Table 1: Occupational Accidents by Sector for the Category of Death

|YEAR |2011 |2010 |2009 |2008 |2007 | |SECTOR |No of Fatalities |No of Fatalities |No of Fatalities |No of Fatalities |No of Fatalities | |Manufacturing |27 |59 |53 |76 |63 | |Construction |24 |66 |62 |72 |95 | |Agriculture |17 |30 |40 |42 |30 | |Utility |2 |11 |18 |19 |10 | |Transportation |3 |14 |8 |8 |2 |

Source: Department of Occupational Safety and Health, 2007-2011

Table 2: Occupational Accidents by Sector for the Category of Permanent Disable

|YEAR |2011 |2010 |2009 |2008 |2007 | |SECTOR |No of accident |No of accident |No of accident |No of accident |No of accident | |Manufacturing |78 |162 |79 |134 |133 | |Construction |2 |4 |6 |2 |10 | |Agriculture |7 |18 |8 |7 |14 | |Utility |1 |3 |3 |12 |4 | |Transportation |5 |1 |0 |1 |0 |

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