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Title:Workplace safety in Ghana: a study of the Pioneer Food Cannery, Tema
Author:Appiah, Samson Obed
Periodical:Legon Journal of Sociology (ISSN 0855-6261)
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:occupational safety
work environment
food industry
working conditions
labour law
Abstract:This paper examines employee safety legislation and facilities in industry as well as the workers' awareness and compliance with the safety regulations. The author analyses the socio-economic cost of industrial accidents and the reasons why it is necessary for the workers to have an active interest in their own safety. Data for this research was collected at the Pioneer Food Cannery in the Tema industrial area. In total, 150 employees were selected using a multiple sampling method including purposive, simple random, quota and stratified sampling method. Data collection instruments include structured close-ended questionnaires and key informant interviews with supervisors of the company and officials of the Department of Factories Inspectorate in Tema. In addition there was a two-day non-participant observation in the factory. The paper concludes that most of the factory accidents are caused by unsafe acts by personnel, failure to follow established work procedures, and faulty equipment. Furthermore, it was established that though the workers' level of awareness about safety facilities and mechanisms put in place by the employer was high, their awareness of legal systems on industrial safety and compliance with existing safety legislation and facilities was very low. Bibliogr., ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]