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Fears for migrants

Migrant construction workers in the UK should be supported by a specially created body to help boost their knowledge and awareness of workplace dangers, according to new research for the ICE.
Rising numbers of construction deaths – up 30% in 2006/7 to 77 deaths – have been largely attributed to the increasing number of migrant workers (NCE 22 March).

Researchers found that many workers were particularly vulnerable as they are unable to speak English fluently or were
unfamiliar with standard UK working practices.

The new research, carried out by Loughborough University, was commission by the ICE's management panel.

One industry professional, interviewed for the ICE research said that migrant workers "do not have the same degree of health and safety awareness because they are not used to our practices. This could be why the accident rate has increased this year."

With an estimated 400,000 extra construction jobs required in the south east by 2011, the research suggests that action should be taken to protect worker safety.

Vice-chair of ICE management panel Charly Clark will now lead a migrant workers task force to continue the work and identify ways to help migrant workers.

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