Cost of accidents in construction in Oman

Umar, Tariq (2017) Cost of accidents in construction in Oman. In: The Ninth International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century (CITC-9) : Revolutionizing the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry through Leadership, Collaboration and Technology; 05 - 07 Mar 2017, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


In this article, the ongoing and planned projects for financial year 2015-2016 in different sectors in Oman are presented. While specific focus is on the construction industry, the costs of accidents associated with projects in different sectors are estimated by two criteria, considering the number of workers and projects values. These costs of accidents are although the accumulating huge amount, however construction organizations and the government can play their role in reducing the cost of accidents. Construction organizations need to improve their safety performance and government can establish safety and health regulatory organizations for conducting inspections and enforcement of safety and health law. Such organizations will not only improve the safety and health performance in construction and other sectors, but will also be a source of revenue and a support to the country’s economy. Although there are no construction specific OSH regulations, the review of current OSH regulations, which applies to all industries is given is this article. The availability of construction specific OSH regulations and enforcement will be key to reduce the costs associated with accidents in construction.

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