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Wednesday 24th
posted by Morning Star in Britain

by Lamiat Sabin

UNSAFE sites are putting lives of construction workers in serious danger, according to workers surveyed for a report published yesterday.

Eighty-seven per cent of the 115 builders surveyed said that their own building site was hazardous in the study of workplaces by solicitors Hayward Baker.

And almost half of the workers said they had suffered from a work-related illness or injury, with 30 per cent of them needing hospital treatment.

More than a quarter said these were caused by handling heavy items without correct equipment.

The most common injuries that needed medical attention included back strain, bruising, sprains and burns.

More than half of the labourers and workers had complained to their bosses over safety concerns but 27 per cent of them said foremen did nothing to help.

Construction union Ucatt’s acting general secretary Brian Rye said: “It underlines previous Ucatt research that construction remains a highly dangerous industry and employers are not doing enough to ensure safety of the workforce.”

He added: “Unionised workplaces and those with independent safety reps are proven to have far fewer accidents.

“Equally, union members who are unfortunate enough to suffer an injury at work can access free legal services and receive 100 per cent of any compensation awarded.”

A Hayward Baker spokesman said: “Going to work could seriously damage the health of builders especially if their site manager fails to take working conditions and safety seriously enough.”