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Critical Factors Affecting Effective Management of Site Personnel and Operatives in Confined Site Construction

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  • John P. Spillane

    (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK)

  • Lukumon O. Oyedele

    (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK)

  • Jason von Meding

    (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK)

  • Ashwini Konanahalli

    (School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, UK)

  • Babatunde E. Jaiyeoba

    (Department of Architecture, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria)

  • Iyabo K. Tijani

    (Department of Graphic Design, Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria)

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to identify and classify the numerous managerial issues encountered in the management of personnel in confined site construction. For the purpose of this research, a confined construction site is defined as a site where permanent works fit the site footprint, extending to levels above and/or below ground level, leaving spatial restrictions for other operations (e.g. plant and material movements, materials storage and temporary accommodation etc.) and require effective resource co-ordination beyond normal on-site management input. A literature review and analysis, case studies incorporating interviews and focus groups, and a questionnaire survey were used in order to gain a comprehensive insight into the issues of management of personnel in a confined construction site environment. The following are the top five leading issues highlighted; (1) Accidents due to an untidy site, (2) One contractor holding up another because of the lack of space, (3) A risk to personnel because of vehicular traffic on-site, (4) Difficult to facilitate several contractors at one work location, and (5) Numerous personnel working within the one space. In today’s modern environment, spatial restrictions are quickly becoming the norm in the industry. Therefore, the management of personnel on-site becomes progressively more difficult with the decrease in available space on-site. Where such environments exist, acknowledging the numerous issues highlighted above, aids site management in the supervision and co-ordination of personnel on-site, thus reducing accidents, increasing productivity and increasing profit margins. As on-site management professionals successfully identify, acknowledge and counteract the numerous issues illustrated, the successful management of personnel on a confined construction site is achievable. By identifying the numerous issues, on-site management can proactively mitigate such issues through adopting counteractive measures and through successful identification of the traits identified.

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  • John P. Spillane & Lukumon O. Oyedele & Jason von Meding & Ashwini Konanahalli & Babatunde E. Jaiyeoba & Iyabo K. Tijani, 2013. "Critical Factors Affecting Effective Management of Site Personnel and Operatives in Confined Site Construction," International Journal of Information Technology Project Management (IJITPM), IGI Global, vol. 4(2), pages 92-108, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:igg:jitpm0:v:4:y:2013:i:2:p:92-108
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