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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2015, Article ID 742084, 7 pages
Research Article

Analysis of Material Handling Safety in Construction Sites and Countermeasures for Effective Enhancement

1Mechanical Department, Regional Centre of Anna University, Coimbatore, India
2Regional Labour Institute, DGFASLI, Government of India, Chennai, India
3Thanthai Periyar Government Institute of Technology, Vellore, India

Received 6 February 2015; Revised 11 May 2015; Accepted 3 August 2015

Academic Editor: Felix Chan

Copyright © 2015 C. N. Anil Kumar et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


One of many hazardous workplaces includes the construction sites as they involve several dangerous tasks. Many studies have revealed that material handling equipment is a major cause of accidents at these sites. Though safety measures are being followed and monitored continuously, accident rates are still high as either workers are unaware of hazards or the safety regulations are not being strictly followed. This paper analyses the safety management systems at construction sites through means of questionnaire surveys with employees, specifically referring to safety of material handling equipment. Based on results of the questionnaire surveys, two construction sites were selected for a safety education program targeting worker safety related to material handling equipment. Knowledge levels of the workers were gathered before and after the program and results obtained were subjected to a t-test analysis to mark significance level of the conducted safety education program.