Exploratory case study of pictorial aids for communicating health and safety for migrant construction workers

Billy Hare, Iain Cameron, Kevin Real, William Maloney

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Approximately 8% of the UK construction workforce and 30% of the US workforce are migrant construction workers. Recent studies show several barriers for migrant workers including language and communication difficulties. This has obvious implications for the management of health and safety. This paper discusses the effectiveness of pictorial aids for communicating hazards and controls to migrant workers on construction sites.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)818–825
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2013



  • migrant workers
  • health and safety
  • pictorial aids
  • language barrier
  • communication barrier

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