Effectiveness of Occupational Safety and Health Management Systems: (In the Case of Zamra Construction Company)

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Addis Ababa University


Human capital is the major reason for the success and failure of any business organization. Thus in order to get the most out of it, workers should be safe and healthy and their work environment should be conducive for operation activities. The construction industry is an important part of the economy in many countries and is oftenseen as a driver of economic growth especially in developing countries. Owing to its relatively labour intensive nature, construction works provide opportunities for employment for a wide range of people skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled. Despite its importance, construction industries are the most hazardous industries both in industrialized and industrializing countries. However, knowledge on how health and safety risks are managed on construction sites is limited awareness. Hence the researcher inspiredto investigate the effectiveness of OSHM at Zamra Construction Company.This study was conducted to examine overall effectiveness of Occupational Safety and Health management systems in particular case of ZamraConstruction CompanyinApril 2015 at six company’s construction sites and its Head Quarter in Addis Ababa city. A total of 92 building construction workers were included in the study by using simple random sampling technique. Primary data were collected through structured questionnaire and semi-structured interviews. The collected data were entered and analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 20.0. To assess the effectiveness of OSHMS at ZamraConstruction Company, Descriptive statistics used to analyze the data. Mean of independent variables were computed and interpreted. This study finding indicated that in Zamra construction company, Overall occupational health and safety management systems seemspremature stage of its effectiveness.



business organization, success, work environment