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Document ID (ISN)112326
CIS number 12-0043
Year 2009
Convention or series no. RR 691
Author(s) Boden P., Rees P.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Improving the reliability of estimates of migrant worker numbers and their relative risk of workplace injury and illness
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2009, xii, 117p. Illus. Approx. 200 ref.
Internet access Improving_the_reliability_of_estimates_[INTERNET_FREE_ACCESS] [in English]
Abstract This study has reviewed the literature on migrant workers for substantive evidence that migrant workers are more susceptible to injury and illness in the workplace. Survey sources typically fail to adequately capture migrant populations, whilst administrative sources lack the richness of data content. Statistics on accidents in the workplace (RIDDOR) are subject to considerable under-recording, particularly for the self-employed, for smaller businesses and, the evidence suggests, for migrant workers. No information is captured to differentiate migrant workers by their nationality, country of birth or first language. Health records are generally only accessible through health surveillance schemes; providing limited coverage on health and the workplace and with no statistics on nationality, country of birth or first language. These combined inadequacies result in a dearth of United Kingdom studies that make an explicit link between migrant workers, the workplace and health outcomes. The few studies which looked explicitly at the relationship between migrant status and occupational injury/illness have typically reported inconclusive evidence on the effect of migrant workers upon issues of safety and health, primarily due to inadequate data capture and coverage of the target population. However, a number of studies that have examined the impact of the recent influx of migrants from outside the United Kingdom have reinforced the general view that migrant workers, engaged in low-skilled jobs, are more at risk of accident and injury due to the nature of the work they are doing and the conditions in which they are doing it. Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; occupational diseases; migrant workers; occupational accidents; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) safety and health documentation; public OSH institutions; literature survey; report
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Generalities
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Accident research
Safety and health information
Precarious employment