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Citation

Asante LA, Sasu A. Sage open 2018; 8(2): e2158244018778109.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2018, Sage Publications)

DOI

10.1177/2158244018778109

PMID

unavailable

Abstract

A study of the dynamics of building collapse in Ghana is lacking, notwithstanding the fact that several buildings have collapsed in recent times. This study analyzes the supervisory role and challenges of building inspectors in Kumasi to assess Ghana's progress toward minimal or zero incidence of building collapse. It adopts the stratified random sampling technique to select 27 out of 35 building inspectors of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), and a semistructured interview guide to gather data from same. Data gathered were presented and analyzed through tables and direct quotations.

FINDINGS revealed that, despite the legal requirement of notification by the developer, building inspectors are compelled to visit building sites to check on developers who may have begun development without notifying them. Many developers violate the legal provisions because of ignorance, delays in acquiring building permits, and the burden of transporting building inspectors at all stages of construction. Notably, building inspectors in Kumasi have not been able to control the rate of building collapse because of constraints such as inadequate logistics and manpower, and excessive political interference. In the current climate, the built environment will continue to pose a threat to human life and property investment. Although unpleasant to contemplate, the study concludes that Ghana may witness more building collapses in the near future, if the aforesaid challenges are not addressed. To avert this, it is recommended that building inspectors in Kumasi and Ghana be equipped and empowered by the state.


Language: en

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