Health and safety elements of premature construction project closure

Olushola Akinshipe, Clinton Aigbavboa, Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Mutshaeni Madidimalo

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Construction projects are usually bounded by a predefined start and end date within which project objectives must be met. Negligence by one or more project stakeholders often results in project failure; however, other internal factors can also cause a project to fail. Thus, this study explores the health and safety components that can lead to premature construction project closure. Data for the study was gathered through a survey of construction professionals within the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The data gathered was analysed using a quantitative model to rank the measured factors in terms of their mean item scores. The results revealed that accidents, air quality considerations, and not providing various safety gears pose the most risk to successful completion of construction projects. It was therefore concluded that proper plans and strategies should be put m place to reduce the risk of occurrence of hazardous events. Lastly, necessary emergency actions must be stipulated for any land of unexpected occurrence that could jeopardize the wellbeing of workers.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Conference on Construction in the 21st Century
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, CITC 2019 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Sept 201911 Sept 2019


  • Construction health and safety factors
  • Construction projects
  • Premature project closure
  • Project failure
  • Project success

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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