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MIGRANT WORKER CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

HSE launch initiative to help London Polish construction workers

In recent years there has been a large influx of migrant workers onto construction sites with about 60% of the migrant construction workforce based in London.

The proportion of fatal accidents to migrant workers was 10% in 2006/07, almost double their presence in the UK construction workforce.

Philip White, HSE’s Chief Inspector of Construction said: “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.”

Some 30,000 wallet-sized health and safety information cards will be distributed among the Polish community alongside a dedicated phone line, online microsite and an email address so workers can call: 0207-556-2239, email: informacja@hse.gsi.gov.uk  or visit www.hse.gov.uk/construction/polski with queries.

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