Accident Causal Factors on the Building Construction Sites: A Review


  • Opeyemi Samuel Williams Department of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Environmental Studies, Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo, Ondo State
  • Razali Adul Hamid Department of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Mohd Saidin Misnan Department of Quantity Surveying, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia



Construction participants, accident causative, construction workers, accident prevention.


The concerns for cost, quality and timely delivery of projects have been in existence from time immemorial, whereas the passion for these should be extended to safe execution of site works by the construction participants, as safety of life is very paramount. However, high level of commitment that is essential for the safe execution of site works has become a taboo. Hence, a plethora of accidents takes place on the site ranging from falls from height, contact with working tools, vehicle-related, slip and trip, collapse, exposure to harmful substances, to lifting and handling object accidents. It is pertinent to know that, responsibility for accidents on site cuts across all project participants (clients, consultants, contractors, workers), as well as the construction site environment. Recognition of the construction participants and site environmental factors as agents of accident is the focus of this research. Through extensive review of literature, a copious number of factors were identified and subsequently grouped under five factors as client-related, consultant-related, contractor-related, construction workers-related, and construction site-related. However, there has been a dearth of research in the grouping of accident contributing factors. The identification and understanding of these factors will go a long way in mitigating construction accidents, coupled with proven measures taken in positively addressing them. Efforts to prevent these causative factors include inter alia elimination of hazards from design, effective safety management, adequate planning of activities and employment of seasoned professionals by the client. The contractors are to embark on staff safety auditing, set up safety committees, conduct regular training for staff, use innovative technology, uphold housekeeping and report accident occurrence, while strict adherence to safety regulations must be adopted by all construction operatives.


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How to Cite

Williams, O. S., Adul Hamid, R., & Misnan, M. S. (2018). Accident Causal Factors on the Building Construction Sites: A Review. International Journal of Built Environment and Sustainability, 5(1).