Disturbed by the increasing rate of human casualties on project sites, the Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB) has urged artisans to adhere to safety procedures during construction activities.
The institute decried acts of non-compliance with safety guidelines, which has been recommended internationally for artisans and called for a change of attitude to prevent further loss of lives.
The Chairman, Lagos State Chapter, Adelaja Adekanmbi who spoke during a media chat on its 27th builders’ conference with the theme, “Safety, health and environmental concerns and their management on building projects, holistic approach and best practices”, noted that practitioners need to be properly educated on the importance of safety during construction.
The chairman of NIOB said the conference hopes to bring together professionals in the industry and artisans who are involved in construction activities for training on the use of ‘Personal Protective Equipment’, PPE on site.
Adekanmbi further stated the conference which is in collaboration with the Lagos State Safety Commission, will harp on the role of government agencies in enforcing and prosecuting offenders in line with its ‘’vision zero’’ tolerance.
“We have discovered that it’s becoming difficult for artisans to observe safety procedures on site and so we want to specifically stress the importance to artisans that it is the only way to prevent accidents. The workers and stakeholders on project sites must observe health and safety plan while site”, he stated.
Also speaking, the chairman, Planning Committee for the event, Mr. Lucky Isename explained, “The theme is out to put things right on how safety policies should be adhered to on building project site.
The speakers would enlighten participants on how to identify safety hazards on each activity to be carried out on a section of work before carrying it out and the way to mitigate them which is the best practice mostly used by multinational companies.
“The programme is slated for next week in Lagos, it would feature, opening ceremony, discussion section after which a communiqué would be issued, discussion on internal issues concerning the institute and a gala night”.
He said the conference would address practical strategies and technologies in HSE in the construction industry as well as human factors affecting safety and health of construction workers.
Credit: The Guardian