The Construction Industry Development Board

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1.0 Introduction

Construction industry plays an important part as a stimulant in Malaysia’s economy. The Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) was established as a government agency to facilitate and act as a catalyst to the development, is generally representing the construction industry to the government and the public. (Chan, 2009). According to Hiap (2012), the CIDB published a ten year Construction Industry Master Plan (CIMP) towards the end of year 2007, the aim is to refocus the strategic position and charting the future direction of the industry.

The construction industry is one of the highest contributing in country’s economy. This industry provides job opportunities to the people in different sector such as agriculture, mining and quarrying, manufacturing, construction and services. Davis and Tomasin’s study stated the fatalities happened were caused by most of the usage of equipment such as conditions of scaffolds, power access equipments, ladder, excavations and so on, which lead to the risk of physical injury. Falls, electrocutions, vehicles rollover, personnel run over by vehicle and excavation cave-ins were listed as the top five categories of fatalities in the construction industry (IPEDR, 2011). Therefore, the Malaysian government have been implemented the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 1994 in the industry. In general, OSHA is an organization formed to guard the safety of the workplace and safety regulations. OSHA collects data of
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