Health and safety issues and mitigation measures relating to adaptive-retrofits projects: Literature review and research implications for the Ghanaian construction industry

Frederick Owusu Danso, Edward Badu, Divine Kwaku Ahadzie, Patrick Manu

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    Abstract

    Adaptive-retrofit projects (ARPs) are associated with dire health and safety (H&S) issues which are fragmented and scattered in the existing literature on retrofitting, refurbishment, renovation, rehabilitation, and repair and maintenance work (5R+M). To effectively guide the safe execution of ARPs, these fragmented and scattered issues together with their mitigation measures need to be identified and consolidated into a single unified coherent insight. Therefore this paper, as part of an on-going PhD research on ARPs in Ghana, reviews academic literature to identify and compile a comprehensive list of the H&S issues with their mitigation measures for ARPs. After performing electronic database literature searches and subsequent critical examination of the literature obtained, thirty-six (36) health and safety issues/challenges and twenty-six seven (27) mitigation measures relating to execution of ARPs were identified. These findings provide a sound preliminary basis for further empirical studies towards the development of a coherent and unified guidance for the safe execution of ARPs in Ghana while taking into account local conditions that could also induce additional H&S issues which may not be apparent in the extant literature.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages559-568
    Number of pages10
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
    Event31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015 - Lincoln, United Kingdom
    Duration: 7 Sept 20159 Sept 2015

    Conference

    Conference31st Annual Association of Researchers in Construction Management Conference, ARCOM 2015
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    CityLincoln
    Period7/09/159/09/15

    Keywords

    • Adaptive
    • Health and safety
    • Retrofit

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