Causes of Inadequate Resources for Health and Safety Provisions in Construction Projects

  • Patricia Kukoyi University of Lagos
  • Julius Faremi University of Lagos
  • Innocent Osuizugbo Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State
Keywords: Bill of quantities, Construction workers,, financial provision, Preliminaries, Resources


Purpose – The study investigates the causes of inadequate resources for H&S in the Bill of Quantities (BOQ) as a determinant for adequate planning for health and safety provisions of construction workers.

Design/methodology/approach – This study employs a questionnaire survey approach to determine financial provisions for health and safety through BOQ preliminaries. 291 construction professionals participated in the study by providing responses to the questionnaire. Mean Scores and factor analysis were used to analyse the data.

Findings – The study revealed that financial provisions for health and safety in the bill of quantities are inadequate for construction activities during the construction stage; hence, health and safety provisions are limited.

Research limitations– This paper only considered construction professionals in Lagos State; therefore, the findings may not be generalised.

Theoretical/Social/Practical implications – This study recommends that construction professionals should ensure that detailed risk assessment is conducted and all health and safety issues are discussed at the preliminary and the design stages of the construction projects.

Originality/value – More than ever, more importance should be ascribed to health and safety in the administration of construction projects.  This will aid a healthy and safe work environment for construction workers and promote multi-stakeholder health and safety education.