Ilodeami M. Mopho, E. I. Achalu, G. O. Ekenedo


This study investigated safety practices of construction companies in Rivers state. A descriptive cross-sectional design was used. The population of the study consisted 2276 workers from 10 construction companies in Rivers state. A sample of 455 construction workers was drawn using clustered sampling technique. Two research questions were answered and two null hypotheses were tested at 0.05 level of significance. The instrument for data collection was a structured and validated questionnaire. An instrument reliability index of 0.78 was obtained through PPMC technique. The data generated from the instrument were analyzed using descriptive statistics to answer the research questions and inferential statistics to test the null hypothesis. The results of the study showed that safety practices among construction companies in Rivers state is above average based on location and size of construction companies. Based on the findings, it was concluded that there is still enough room for improvement in safety practices of the construction industry in Rivers state. It was therefore recommended that efforts should be intensified by contracting construction firms in devising improved strategy to determine and forestall hazard inherent in a given project before embarking on it.

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