Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise

Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise

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Crossrail safety rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns.

Crossrail’s accident rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns.

Ucatt says that a leaked safety report reveals “a culture of spying and fear” and that workers were “afraid to report [accidents] due to the likelihood of being laid off”.

According to The Guardian newspaper, the safety report was compiled by independent consultant MindSafety, on behalf of the BBMV contracting joint venture developing two parts of the Crossrail project on sites at Whitechapel and Finsbury Circus.

The report says: “The intention of the client [Crossrail] is to get the job done safely, on time and with a healthy financial position on completion. The reality is that the methods used on-site are almost entirely counterproductive to this. The relationship between client and contractor seems to be strained almost to breaking point.

“A common theme throughout the visit surrounded the idea that the client was ‘policing’ the contractor – trying to catch them out at every turn. Reports of spying and underhand tactics came flooding to us.”

Ucatt is now calling for both Crossrail, the client body, and its main contractors to take action. Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy said: “This is a devastating report which shows the appalling state of industrial relations at Crossrail. This is clearly having a massive impact on safety and is placing workers in danger.

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