In 2001, there were 1,225 fatal occupational injuries in the construction sector in the United States, which means there is an incidence rate of 13.3 per 100,000 employed workers (Bureau of Labor Survey, 2002). Hong Kong is also notorious for its high construction accidents rates. There is a decline in worker accidents in mid-1980’s, but in 2007, twenty percent of worker accidents are accidents that happened in industries (Yi Man Li, 2011).
In the United Kingdom, the construction industry alone represent over 40% of the total number of fatalities reported among the four major industry sectors and was consistently reported as the first or second worst offender for reported fatal injuries. In Australia, the construction industry experienced 5.6 fatalities per 100,000 employees, which is more than twice the average for all the industries in 2007-2008 (Fatal Injury Statistics, 2008).
The information above clearly showed that inadequate knowledge of safety measures in construction projects all over the world cause injuries and death. To overcome such incidents, the Philippine Government formulated the Occupational Safety and Health Standards in 1978. The main goal of the Safety and Health Standards is to safeguard the worker’s social and economic well-being as well as his physical safety and health. The said Safety and Health Standards was amended in 1989 through the joint efforts exerted by the Bureau of Working Conditions, the ILO Manila Office and the tripartite sectors (Occupational Safety and Health Center, DOLE, 2013).
On the other hand, satisfaction of workers in construction is very important because the effectiveness of every worker depends on the satisfaction he has in the kind of job he is doing. Furthermore, workers satisfaction is essential to the success of any business. High rates of worker contentedness is directly related to a lower turnover rate. Thus, keeping workers satisfied with their careers should be a major priority for every employer. While this is a well-known fact in management practices, economic downturns seem to cause employers to ignore it.