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The State of Youth Health in Ghana’s Construction Industry
Research shows that the rapid and dynamic pace of work, the high-risk nature of tasks, the use of harmful materials and dangerous equipment, and other issues such as personality conflicts and heavy workload expose the construction workforce to significant physical and psychosocial risks which significantly affect their health. Notable among this group are the young people aged 18 to 35 years who work in the construction industry. If left unchecked, the health impacts of construction work can have devastating consequences on the quality of life of many young people and the economy at large. In recent years, the issue of youth health and safety in the construction industry has begun receiving attention by researchers, the media, policymakers, and other stakeholders.
However, much of this has happened in the Global North1. Very little is known and understood about the health and safety of young people in the construction industries of the Global South2.