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- ItemOpen AccessMaintenance Management Sourcing Routes and the Condition of Tertiary Institutions’ Buildings in Southwest, Nigeria(Faculty of Environmental Design and Management, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, 2022-04) Faremi, O.J.Buildings are strategic infrastructures for the sustainability of tertiary institutions and as such, appropriate maintenance management approaches of insourcing or outsourcing maintenance activities are essential for the buildings to fulfil their functions. Hence, there is a need to examine the extent to which the condition of tertiary institution buildings is influenced by maintenance activity insourcing and outsourcing. Through a cross-sectional survey, data were gathered from 112 respondents from tertiary institutions across Southwestern Nigeria. Mean score and independent samples t-test were employed as statistical tools for descriptive and inferential statistical data analysis. The results indicate that 77% of building elements and systems maintained through insourcing are in good condition while 97% of those maintained through outsourcing are in good condition. The results further show that there is no significant difference in the condition of three out of the four categories of building elements and systems based on whether their maintenance activities are insourced or outsourced. The study concludes that building elements and systems that are maintained through outsourcing are in better condition than those maintained through insourcing. The study recommends training and retraining of in-house maintenance crew for tertiary institutions whose maintenance activities are majorly executed through insourcing.
- ItemOpen AccessSocial security and building collapse in Lagos state, Nigeria(2021) Israel, E. O.; Kukoyi, P. O.Urban settlements in Nigeria have witnessed many collapses of buildings. Evidence from some literature suggests that this has culminated in increased mortality in the country. Hence building collapse is a security challenge because it poses threats to the lives and property of not only individuals but also of the nation. The benefits of mitigating building collapse include, inter alia, increased human capital, adequate security of lives and property, health and safety of individuals. This study aims to identify and assess the effects of a building collapse on individuals and society. An understanding of these impediments provides an opportunity to develop strategies to eradicate this challenge. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to address the objectives of the study. The findings revealed that stakeholders’ lack of commitment, ineffective implementation of construction codes and regulations are salient factors that contribute to the challenge. In addition, the menace of building collapse resulted in security challenges, loss of lives, investments, and ill-health of individuals. This study contributes to the existing knowledge by highlighting the significant socioeconomic effects of building collapse. Although the study is limited to Lagos State, the findings may be ‘generalizable’ to other states within Nigeria.
- ItemOpen AccessTowards Improving Project Performance Indicators in South African Construction Sector(2020) Adebowale, O.; Kukoyi, P.O.; Olagoke, I.M.; Ademola, B.: Despite myriad of research effort directed at improving the performance of construction projects, poor productivity, budget overruns, quality related issues, and schedule overruns have been recurring on most construction projects. As a consequence, time, cost and quality of construction, which are among the key project performance indicators (PPIs), have suffered poor performance in many construction project undertakings. While several studies have addressed these performance dependents parameters separately and collectively, the impact of political, environmental, social, technological, economical, and legal (PESTEL) related factors on the PPIs has however not been considered. The purpose of this study, therefore, is to identify PESTEL related factors, and further determine their impact on the PPIs in the South African construction industry. South African contractors, which are registered with the CIDB (Grades 5-9) were sampled and administered questionnaires to achieve the purpose of the study. The study determined that rework, poor planning, and inadequate training are most closely associated with poor performance of the PPIs. It is believed that addressing the areas of concern identified in this study would contribute to improved performance of the PPIs in South African construction, which would ultimately engender satisfaction of construction stakeholders.
- ItemOpen AccessManaging the risk and challenges of COVID-19 on construction sites in Lagos, Nigeria(2022) Kukoyi, P.O.; Simpeh, F.; Adebowale, O.; Agumba, J.Purpose – The novel COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk in construction operations. New systems are, thus, required on construction sites to mitigate the risk and challenges associated with the pandemic. This paper aims to determine construction organisations risk control systems and the challenges of implementing safety measures on construction sites. Design/methodology/approach – The study adopted a qualitative research method. A purposive sampling method was used to select study participants, who were administered open-ended questionnaires designed to gather qualitative data. The contents of the data were analysed, presented and reported based on the objectives of the study. Findings – Some of the construction organisations conducted COVID-19 related risk assessments, whilst a few organisations did not conduct a risk assessment. Inspections to ensure COVID-19 compliance was done by government officials, health organisations and client’s health and safety officers. The construction organisations demonstrated considerable competence in record keeping and some organisations further evolved a follow-up plan for sick workers. The study found that some construction practitioners had misconceptions about the disease, used COVID-19 personal protective equipment incorrectly and lack adequate information about the virus. It is required that construction stakeholders evolve policies and strategies that would promote risk control and foster compliance to COVID-19 safety measures. Originality/value – COVID-19 is still new, therefore, the body of knowledge is still at the infancy stage. This paper provided insight into the COVID-19 related risk and challenges that may increase the rate of virus infection amongst construction practitioners.
- ItemOpen AccessA Qualitative Study of Health and Safety (H&S) Construction Practices in Lagos(2017-01) Kukoyi, P.O.; Smallwood, J.Projects in the construction sector are reputed for poor H&S records when compared to other similar industries. This can be attributed among other things to an uncontrolled working environment, risk, workers' behaviour in relation to H&S commitment, cultural and religious beliefs, and uncertainties inherent in projects. Risk and hazards arising due to poor H&S practices result in injuries and fatalities in few cases. The aim of this study is to explore the perceptions of workers regarding H&S on construction sites. A combination of interviews and observations was conducted in the study. The participants in the study are mainly production workers (ironworkers, masons, carpenters, roofers, and electricians) engaged in construction projects. The findings of the study reveal that workers view productive activities on construction sites as hazardous and risky. However, lack of understanding the use of PPE affects its use. This perception may also be attributed to inadequate training, socio-economic realities, cultural and religious beliefs. Therefore, there is a need for a localised H&S certification and awareness programmes to foster a commitment to improving H&S at construction sites. Further research is required to understand the influence of stakeholders on H&S practices in the Nigerian construction industry.