Accidents on construction sites result in many deaths and major injuries each year. Improvements in construction health and safety have been successfully implemented in many countries, with significant reductions in accidents – so why not Uganda?

World Action Fund Uganda plans to work with Industries, Government and Educators to promote improvements to the standards of health and safety on construction sites. This is the first NGO to take on this challenge. The proposed method of achieving this is through education, engagement and via a mobile phone App.

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Challenge

There are a vast number of construction sites in Uganda, with a varied range of care, attention and resources given to health and safety. This project aims to drive improvements in health and safety through education and engagement with the construction industry.

Solution

This programme aims to:

  • research the standards currently in place
  • work with leading construction companies, government and educators to target the key risks
  • provide some inspections and face to face training
  • underpin this with an accessible and free to use mobile phone app
  • advocate for change through the tendering process and selection of contractors
  • promote achievable key performance indicators in health and safety

Long Term Impact

We are on the starting blocks, but this project has the capacity to help change the face of construction in Uganda. The huge potential for improvement is challenging but well worth the investment.

Additional Documentation

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Inquiry into the underlying causes of construction fatal accidents Phase 2 Report:  Health and safety in the construction industry:   Underlying causes of construction fatal accidents –  External research, Loughborough University, July 2009”

Page 63 “Lubega et al (2000) examined safety in Uganda and suggested that major causes of accidents associated with construction projects included: inadequate supervision, use of incompetent personnel and use of inappropriate construction techniques.  Among the recommendations made for minimising and/or avoiding re-occurrence of accidents are review of the existing regulations, enforcement, sensitisation and training.”

LUBEGA, H, KIGGUNDU, BM, and TINDIWENSI, D., 2000.  ‘An investigation into the causes of accidents in the construction industry in Uganda’, CSIR Building & Construction Technology, 2nd International Conference on Construction in Developing Countries, Botswana, November 2000.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act, 2007

Occupational safety and health profile for Uganda

Safety and health in Construction in East Africa, 2007

Construction Industry Most Hazardous Workplace in Uganda, October 2010

 

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