Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Accident Was 'A Language Warning'

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Accident Was 'A Language Warning'

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AN accident that saw a Teesside firm fined last week for failing to protect a foreign worker who could not understand English instructions, should stand as a warning to others who hire migrant labour, said the Health and Safety Executive.

Between two and three million migrant workers are thought to have arrived in the UK looking for a job within the past five years. As many as 700,000 of the 1.5 million to 2.5 million that remained during the recession are believed be here illegally. According to Jeremy Bevan, senior policy advisor with the HSE for vulnerable workers, however, basic grasp of English is often woefully inadequate for following even the simplest health and safety warning signs and procedures.

The Baked Snack Company at South Bank was fined pounds 2,400 after a Pakistani mixing operative suffered serious injuries to his hand when it became trapped while cleaning the cooling conveyor. Following the case, local inspector Peter Bruno said the company had failed to make sure he understood what was expected of him. …

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