Builders Seek Legislation On Building Codes


The Nigerian Institute of BBuilding led for legislation on building codes to enable enforcement of the provisions.
In a communique it issued at the end of the Builders’ Conference 2018, the institute said that the enforcement would improve policies and agreements governing health and safety practices for construction projects.
It said that the political will of project sponsors to provide for the health and safety of artisans and personnel on construction sites in Nigeria had been poor.
According to the communique, the employee-employer’s work agreement in Nigeria often lacks the provision for employee compensation claim.
“This implies that construction workers are always at risk of no compensation whatsoever in the event of accident or casualty at work.
“Provisions are not usually made at the design stage for health and safety of workers/personnel on construction sites because most construction projects’ Bills of Quantities (BOQ) do not contain any item tagged as health and safety.
“It becomes difficult for construction project managers to release funds for health and safety purposes at project implementation stage.
“Therefore, training on handling of specialised materials/equipment should be provided for construction workers and the need to develop the right attitude toward safety culture emphasised,” it said.
The institute resolved that health and safety plans for construction work should be prepared and implemented by a competent builder since he ‘understands the processes involved in the execution of construction project better than any other stakeholder’.
It also suggested that provisions should be made for health and safety as a cost item in the BOQ for construction work.
“Safety culture and practices should be promoted on all construction sites; records of injuries and accidents on construction sites should be maintained with penalties and punishment for non-adherence to safety matters.
“Each employee-employer agreement should contain compensation claim clauses as recommended by the Compensation Act, 1998.
“Only steel scaffolds should be used for construction works over two floors in height,” it said.
It noted that improved health and safety performance would translate to improved productivity and improved project delivery with a better image for the industry.
The institute urged governments, professional bodies and allied stakeholders to do the right thing at all times.
“They need to be assigning health and safety responsibilities based on competence and in-depth knowledge of construction work processes,” it urged.