The Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers and the Lagos State Safety Commission have called for strict adherence to safety measures among professionals in the built environment.

They made the call at a seminar in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Safety consideration in civil engineering infrastructure and facilities management.”

The Chairman, NICE, Lagos Chapter, Mrs Omolola Adetona, said many people had lost their lives due to carelessness and ignoring of safety tips at construction sites.

She stated that construction professionals, particularly civil engineers should be more conscious of safety measures, adding that rarely do professionals like architects or surveyors die on site, but artisans and civil engineers were most vulnerable to site accidents.

Adetona said, “Many operators in the built environment still pay deaf ears to safety tips like wearing helmets, boots and safety jackets in the course of delivering their services.

“Safety is the basis of every engineering design.  When safety is given adequate consideration, the money that could have been spent on remedies, repairs and hospitals due to accidents will be saved and the economy becomes better.”

A Civil Engineer, Mr James Akanmu, said the government and the civil engineer need to ensure adequate maintenance and control of infrastructure across the country to enhance their safety conditions.

According to him, the roads, market, electricity, railways, among others, are all civil engineering infrastructure that need to be in safe conditions at all times.

He added, “Let the civil engineers and the governments take a critical look at the infrastructure with the view to ensuring their safety conditions and sustenance. Governments have the responsibility of ensuring quality control, maintenance and assurance of the infrastructure facilities in the environment.

“Let the LSSC live up to its mandates by providing safety best practices and ensure strict compliance in all sectors of the economy.”

The Director-General of LSSC, Mr Hakeem Dickson, said the state government was committed to zero per cent tolerance of all forms of accidents in the environment.

Dickson noted that the rate of building collapse had reduced to a great extent, and that more efforts were  needed to be put in place until a zero per cent building collapsed was achieved.

According to him, it is not until a building collapses, before provision will be made for remedies, preventive measures and solutions.

“It is not until a building collapses, we start shedding tears. We need to sit up and continuously push for proactive measures to ensure zero per cent building collapse,” he said.

Dickson said it was observed that some operators in the built environment rarely obey the rules, codes and conducts governing the profession.

“Some professionals are obviously cutting corners with the use of substandard products. This is highly unacceptable and must be nipped in the bud. In adherence to construction codes and conducts, attention should be given to construction safety measures at sites,” he said.