Migrant construction workers twice as likely to die at work

Study: 12 migrant workers died in construction-related incidents in 2007-08 19th May 2009: Migrants look out. If you are a worker, the chances of you meeting an accidental death in workplace are more than the UK employees. And the reason is not hard to analyse: Construction sites have the worst record for their safety, according to a new report published today.

The fatal fact came to light during a research by the Centre for Corporate Accountability. It showed migrant construction workers were at least twice as likely to die at work, than those from the UK.

The research is statistically backed. A total of 12 migrant workers died in construction-related incidents in 2007-08, the study found. The figure is startling considering the fact it amounts to a fifth of the total number of fatalities.

The data has brought to fore serious safety concerns. Colin Ettinger, an expert in workplace injuries at law firm Irwin Mitchell, which published the findings, said: "These figures are a matter of considerable concern.

"Every employer has a duty to ensure staff is able to work safely, wherever they’re employed.

"It’s a real worry to see that people coming to the UK to work are at more risk of injury or, even worse, being killed than their UK colleagues."

The safety and health of the migrants has always been a matter of concern, due to comparatively high mortality rate in some categories. Only recently a study suggested men born in India, but living in England and Wales, are twice as likely to die alcohol-related deaths as the rest of the population
Conducted by the University of Edinburgh and the Office for National Statistics, the research also found that an equal number of alcohol-related deaths in England and Wales were reported among people born in Scotland or Ireland.

The findings also showed that people born in parts of Asia or Africa were at greater risk of dying from liver cancer, but generally had lower rates of alcohol-related deaths.

One reason for the higher rate of death from liver cancer could be because viral hepatitis is more common in ethnic minority communities.

For the study, the researchers used information on deaths for England and Wales from 1999 to 2003 and figures from the 2001 census to quantify the link between a person’s country of birth and the likelihood of dying from an alcohol-related condition.

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