Author: Akindele, Nelson Ayodeji
Title: Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on construction sites : (a case study of Lagos State, Nigeria)
Advisors: Yu, T. W. Ann (BRE)
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 2021
Subject: Construction projects -- Nigeria
Construction industry -- Nigeria
COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020- -- Economic aspects
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Department of Building and Real Estate
Pages: ix, 89 pages : color illustrations
Language: English
Abstract: This study examined the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on construction sites, analysed profiles of construction organizations, and suggested measures to tackle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on construction sites in Lagos State, Nigeria. Primary data were obtained through an online questionnaire from contractors in construction firms in Lagos. Purposive sampling was used and 200 questionnaires were sent to contractors. 154 valid responses were received with a response rate of 77%. Descriptive analyses used are frequency, percentage, pie charts, mean and standard deviation, while the inferential statistics used are Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis Tests. The result shows that most of the construction firms in Lagos State are indigenous (local) firms and were majorly medium scale. The construction industry had a small number of technical personnel. Most of the firms have seldom worked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of projects carried out during lockdown were between 1-10 and above 50 projects after lockdown. COVID-19 pandemic impacted construction site activities in labour shortage, suspension of construction activities, and shortage of construction materials. However, it was established that COVID-19 have more impact on local firms than their foreign counterpart. Based on different years of establishment, it was revealed that shortage of labour was significant with small firms. Based on firm size, shortage of labour and suspension of construction activities were significant with small firms, while technical personnel had no significant mean value. The pandemic had a substantial impact on construction activities, causing complete stoppage of work. The restriction imposed by the government resulted in the loss of revenue, cost overrun, and time overrun of construction projects. The study identified adequate training and sensitization of construction workers on the effect of COVID-19 and the safety measures, regular monitoring of public health government announcements, standard safety conditions identification, and implementation on construction sites as the possible measures to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Finally, the study proposed investment in skilled labour, technology, innovation, increased offsite construction, use of safety equipment, and staff training as responses and means to tackle the challenges caused by the COVID-19 on construction sites.
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