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Migrant worker safety drive launched

Migrant construction workers in London are being targeted by a Health and Safety Executive campaign to reduce the number of on-site accidents.

The campaign is aimed Poles, Romanian and newly-arrived Indian about their rights as indigenous workers to a healthy and safe working environment.

HSE spokesman Philip White: “We have employed specialist outreach representatives from the Polish community to get our messages across much more effectively to London-based workers.

“Reducing the risks faced by the most vulnerable enables all construction workers to work in safer conditions and we hope will minimise potentially dangerous incidents on site.” 

Research by Synovate has shown that migrants are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Many have only a limited knowledge of UK health-and-safety standards, and may not have heard of the HSE.

As well as employing outreach workers, the HSE has produced wallet-sized cards containing health-and-safety information and set up advice lines and micro sites for all three target groups.