The health and environmental sacrifices are some of the biggest problems with
construction and developing a world that better suits our needs and luxurious living
standards. It is however unavoidable in most cases as we need to use toxic
chemicals and materials like cement to make it possible for us to move forward and
have sustainable growth in the industry. In general, construction is a very risky
business and more so a risk to the health of humans. Construction does not only
affect people working on a construction site, but also the public in general.
According to Earle (2012), Construction can have a major impact on the
environment, which can in turn have a drastic influence on the people living in the
surrounding areas. Construction also influences the health of people globally since
the carbon footprint of construction has a negative influence on the planet.
The purpose of the research and surveys are to determine the severity of the effects
that construction has on human health and the impact and effectiveness of methods
that are being used to limit these effects. Construction impacts human health on
different levels, which are: Site/construction workers; Social Impact; Environmental
Thesis (BSc. Hons QS) (Construction Economics))--University of Pretoria, 2014