The health and safety implications of socio-cultural context for community construction projects in developing countries

Alison Furber, Sarah Duncan, Simon Smith, Martin Crapper

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Abstract

Community participation in construction during rural infrastructure projects in developing countries is encouraged by many non-governmental organizations. The health and safety aspects of this type of develop- ment model have not previously been adequately researched, however. The aim is to identify the socio- cultural factors that motivate community members to participate in construction activities which they perceive as hazardous during a case study of a water and sanitation project in rural Ghana. This is a step towards understanding how health and safety can be more effectively managed during community develop- ment projects. A qualitative approach has been taken, using interview, observation and reflection. It was found that the communal culture of the local context resulted in community members feeling pressurized to participate in hazardous construction activities. Local customary laws further compelled individuals as they were concerned they could be fined or arrested should they not fulfil their communal obligations. Further work is required to determine the boundaries within which findings apply but it is likely that there are implications for others managing community construction projects both in Ghana and further afield.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)857-867
Number of pages11
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Volume30
Issue number10
Early online date30 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Culture
  • Ghana
  • Health and Safety
  • participation

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