Similarly, the manner in which the work is managed on site with adequate provisions for maintaining safety at heights or when dealing with heavy or hazardous substances, is largely the responsibility of the supply side of construction services.
Construction work involves building, renovating or repairing buildings, both for residential and commercial purposes. Construction poses risks to workers in the dangers that exist on the site, especially where demolitions or renovations are being carried out. The use of defective materials or inadequate implementation of safety measures on construction sites could further aggravate the problem, especially if designers have created high rises and building structures that are complicated to execute during the construction process. Construction also poses risks to workers by way of ill health arising out of hard physical labor or being crushed or wounded through the use of heavy building materials. There is increased scope for accidents that could arise on such sites, especially since workers may be unaware of safety risks.
The construction industry largely employs unskilled, male laborers who are not educated enough to accurately gauge risks that could arise in construction sites, thereby posing risks to their safety and well being. Moreover, since laborers are largely transitory, contractual labor, employers may not be bound to provide them with all the benefits that are laid out in employment, including the right against unfair dismissal and the provision of health and medical benefits. Current laws also do not make adequate provision for unusual working conditions such as atypical contracts where a worker may be hired as and when required and thus finds it difficult to prove continuity of service for purposes of claims against unfair dismissal.2
Moreover, in cases where a worker may be hired by an employer/client using the intermediary services of an agency, such