Irish and Non-Irish National Construction Workers

Research on differences in approach to health and safety at work

Sinclair A, Hill D, Tyers C |   | Health and Safety Authority (Ireland) | Nov 2008

This research examines the root cause(s) of the high proportion of accidents and fatalities involving non-Irish national workers in the Irish construction sector (as evidenced by statistics from the Central Statistics Office). The results were used to inform future Health & Safety Authority (Ireland) campaigns, training and other initiatives.

The main finding was that most differences between Irish and non-Irish national workers in approach and behaviour were because, as two groups of workers, they have different personal and work characteristics, rather than because of anything to do with their nationality per se.