Lawyer Welcomes Helplines Offering Safety Boost For Migrant Workers

Workplace Injury Specialist Supports HSE Initiative

30.10.2009

A lawyer specialising in workplace injuries has welcomed an initiative offering on-site health and safety advice to migrant construction workers in London.

Employers are being encouraged to let staff know about the multilingual helplines launched by the Health and Safety Executive aimed at Romanian, Polish and Indian workers.

Colin Ettinger, Partner at law firm Irwin Mitchell said: "We welcome this initiative by the HSE.  Migrant workers are indeed vulnerable when working on construction sites. 

“We recently sponsored research into deaths on construction sites.  Research was carried out by the Centre for Corporate Accountability.  This demonstrated that a high proportion of this happened to migrant workers. 

“It is clear from this that safety precautions need to be improved on construction sites in relation to migrant workers."