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Study shows high risk for migrant workers

Issue No. 2023

Migrant workers are risking their lives every day according to new research.

The research was carried out on behalf of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which surveyed 200 migrant workers across different industries in England and Wales.

The majority of those surveyed said they felt that employers didn’t care about their safety, as long as the job was done.

Around 88,000 migrant workers are employed in the British construction industry.

Many of those surveyed said no checks were made by employers on whether they could speak English. Yet almost all of those surveyed said they were supervised in English.

Many also knew they were being paid less compared to other British workers, and were also given the worst and most physically demanding jobs.

Migrant workers are experiencing higher levels of workplace accidents because they are more likely to work long hours, work shifts and to have limited understanding of health and safety.

They are also more likely to take up work in sectors that they have not been trained or had experience working in.

Dr Sonia McKay who led the research team from the Working Lives Research Institute at London Metropolitan University, said, “The research shows that in some sectors the health and safety of migrant workers is being compromised.

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Sat 21 Oct 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2023
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