What is it about?
Public building stock in Turkey is getting older and more funds are transferred for repairs and maintenance of these public buildings. Parallel to this growth, a significant increase is observed in the number of occupational accidents occurring in the Turkish construction sector. This case study focuses on compulsory investments in small or middle-scale repairs and maintenance projects of public buildings.
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Why is it important?
In developing countries such as Turkey, where there is a tendency to allocate more resources to modernization, there is necessarily an accompanying reduction in the budget for the maintenance and repair costs of existing public structures. This reduction, however, results in additional damage in aging public buildings, which in turn inflates the cost of repairs in such buildings. Consequently, maintenance of public buildings is allocated a big share of the budget for the construction industry. But the maintenance and repair projects are generally undertaken by small and medium-sized local firms, and the majority of fatal accidents usually occur on such worksites.
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This page is a summary of: Comparison of estimated occupational health and safety costs with actual costs in maintenance and repair projects of public buildings, International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, October 2019, Taylor & Francis,
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