Indian Construction Needs Strict Safety Law Enforcement
Indian construction industry is still in its early years in terms of safety and health practices. The construction workers are one of the most Vulnerable Segment of the unorganized labour in our country. Workers being exposed to wide variety of serious OHS hazards the rate of fatal accidents in this industry is 4 to 5 times that of the manufacturing sector.
The workers are exposed to a host of hazardous substances, which have a potential to cause serious Occupational diseases such as asbestosis, silicosis, lead poisoning, etc.
There is also a serious potential of fires due to the storage and use of flammable substances and a potential for disasters due to collapse of the structures and subsidence of the soil on which the construction activity is being carried out.
There is an urgent need of the professionals to take the responsibility in getting acknowledge the various safety and health rules, regulations, acts and principle at the same time creating the awareness among each other and train the industry for the betterment of the projects and humanity. At the same time, the government needs to make sure that the rights of workers in both organized and unorganized sector is taken cared.
Karan Singh, Bandra West, Mumbai