Use of innovative radio frequency identification (RFID) to minimize the rate of accidents in Nigerian construction sites

Abba Tahir Mahmud, Ya'u Jamilu, Sa'id Namadi Ahmed, Mamman N. Shuaibu, Ibrahim Yahaya

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The construction industry has experienced several challenges in the area of health and safety. This has resulted in high accident and fatalities incidence specifically within the Nigerian construction industry and sites and thus have an effect on construction projects. In an effort to improve construction processes, the application of innovative wireless communication technology such as the Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology can be employed to minimise accident and improve health and safety on construction sites. The study aimed to assess the use of innovative radio frequency identification technology (RFID) in minimising accidents in Nigerian construction sites. A well-structured questionnaire was used to assess health and safety practice, rate of occurrence of accident & fatalities on construction sites and also construction site safety as well as on the use of the RFID wireless technology on site. A total of 45 questionnaires were distributed to various construction companies and sites in Nigeria. Out of the 45 distributed questionnaires, 34 were returned and used for the analysis with return rate of 75.5%. The data obtained was analysed using relative importance index (RII) in order to determine the relationship between the influencing factors of various respondent. Furthermore, the RFID is an innovative wireless communication technology which if implemented on site can reduce lots of fatalities and improve productivity by providing solutions and remedy to health and safety problems and also providing workers on site with potential occurrence of existing danger on construction site. However, there is need to integrate such modern technology in construction so as to address many challenges within the industry as well as reducing frequent causes of fatalities and accidents on sites.
Original languageEnglish
Article number6
Pages (from-to)316-323
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Science Invention Research and Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015


  • health
  • safety
  • RFID
  • sites
  • wireless
  • communication
  • Nigerian construction industry

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