Union demands action over migrant worker deaths

Grant Prior 2 years ago
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Construction union UCATT is calling on the Health and Safety Executive to urgently review their reporting methods and for the industry to examine safety requirements, following new evidence on migrant worker deaths.

An investigation by UCATT has discovered that in 2014/15 (the most recent reporting year) the highest number of construction fatalities was in London with seven deaths.

Of these seven deaths five were migrant workers, (71%).

UCATT discovered the evidence be analysing and researching the names of the deceased workers, as the Health and Safety Executive do not record the nationality of workers who suffer a fatal accident.

Jerry Swain, Regional Secretary for London and the South East, 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.”

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