Union alert on migrant worker safety
Migrant construction workers are much more likely to be killed on construction sites than UK nationals.
That appears to be a conclusion to be drawn from an analysis of construction site fatalities by the builders’ union Ucatt.
Ucatt has discovered that in 2014/15 (the most recent reporting year) five out of the seven workers killed on construction sites in London were migrant workers.
The union says that the Health & Safety Executive should itself record the nationality of fatal accident victims in its reporting system as a first step to addressing the apparent discrepancy in worker safety.
Ucatt regional secretary Jerry Swain said: “Each of these deaths was an individual tragedy. It is essential that issues such as different safety standards and methods of working in countries, language issues and whether the deceased were new to the construction industry are properly considered in order to prevent future fatalities. This is simply not going to happen if the HSE continues to fail to address and record the nationality of workers who suffer a fatal accident.”
Ucatt also wants the ‘tick box’ health & safety test that is required by the Construction Skills Certification Scheme to be replaced by something more rigorous. Ucatt believes that workers should not start on a site until they have completed a minimum of a one-day safety course and been fully assessed.
Mr Swain said: “Anyone can be taught to pass a tick box exam. That does not mean that they will not endanger themselves or their colleagues when they are working in construction. A proper safety course with a thorough assessment of a worker’s understanding of safety must be the minimum requirement before they go on site.”
- Click here to return to the previous page
- Subscribe to our free construction newsletters
- Buy & Sell Construction Plant Machinery online with TCiTrader.co.uk. Find new, used & reconditioned Construction Equipment. Click here to view Construction Equipment Classifieds.
Download our free construction news iPhone / iPad app. Sign up to our FREE email newsletters or subscribe to our RSS feed for regular updates on the latest Construction News, Plant News, Contract News & Supplier News. The Construction Index also provides the latest Construction Tenders, Construction Market Data & Construction Law Commentary all FREE.
This article was published on 21 Jan 2016 (last updated on 21 Jan 2016).