17/10/2006

Risks to migrant worker - research published

The British Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published a new report
covering the risks to migrant workers.

This report, which draws on interviews with 200 migrant workers in five regions
of England and Wales, considers whether the position that recent migrant
workers occupy within the labour market puts their health and safety at
increased risk, in comparison with other workers in similar positions.

The research findings suggest that it is not the case that the risks inherent
in a particular type of work of necessity only present themselves in relation
to migrant workers. However, what it does reveal is that migrants are more
likely to be working in sectors or occupations where there are existing health
and safety concerns and that it is their status as new workers that may place
them at added risk, due to their relatively short periods of work in the UK and
limited knowledge of the UK's health and safety system.

The report also notes that migrant motivations in coming to the UK,
particularly where these are premised on earning as much as possible in the
shortest possible time, add to their risk factors and that limited means of
communication between migrant workers and indigeneous supervisors also may
place these workers at greater risk.

Further info


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive