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Major Contractors Group launches multi-language safety DVD

A multi-language DVD aimed at improving construction industry health and safety was launched by the Major Contractors Group (MCG) this week
The film aims to help employers communicate health and safety messages through the 10 most commonly used languages on UK construction sites. Polish, Bulgarian, Romanian and Punjabi head the list.'Contractors and others face new challenges in communicating to workers for whom English is not their first language,' said Construction Confederation director of health and safety Shelley Atkinson-Frost.'The construction industry needs to embrace the non-English speaking workforce and communicate the standards that the UK market demands,' said Shepherd Construction chief executive and chairman of the MCG health and safety working group, Vaughan Burnand. He added it is equally important for workers to understand what care and benefits they should expect.Burnand said that the DVD would help communicate the dangers associated with working at height and around heavy machinery to workers with little or no literacy. 'Health and safety - UK construction standards' costs £25 + p&p.

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