Union raises security concerns at HS2 site – .

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Union raises security concerns at HS2 site – .


The union is embroiled in a long-standing dispute with contractors over worker representation in the workplace, where it said Unite officials are not allowed “to speak freely to workers during their hours. breaks in its wellness facilities ”.

Recent alleged accidents include a worker injured in his arm after clay fell on him, a truck overturned in a ditch, a saw blade came loose from its mooring, a hammer smashing a worker’s wrist and an excavator bucket hitting a worker’s foot.

National Unity Construction Officer Jerry Swain said: “Workers operating on the Costain / Skanska / Strabag joint venture will rightly be worried and worried about their safety.

“This project is calling out for union safety representatives who play a unique role in worker protection and accident prevention. “

A spokesperson for HS2 Ltd said: “The safety of our staff and the public is HS2’s number one priority. We have an open and transparent reporting culture, and all health and safety incidents are thoroughly investigated, key learnings and actions for HS2 and our subcontractors identified, and these are then shared all along the project.

“Everyone who works on HS2 has the right to come home unharmed, and we continue to work with our contractors and challenge them to deliver the highest levels of health and safety standards. “

A spokesperson for SCS JV said: “The health and safety of our teams and the public is always SCS’s top priority and we have offered Unite access to our sites, which exceeds the levels typically seen in the world. industry.

“This allows them to meet our team during reception, work sites and in our well-being area. We first offered it to Unite in 2018 and many times since.

“We continue to contact them to reiterate this offer as we seek to maintain an open dialogue with Unite and enable them to carry out their activities. To date, they have not accepted this offer, but it remains open to them.

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