Foreign workers are at higher risk of losing their lives than Norwegian workers. This is stated in a new report on the construction industry, prepared by the Norwegian Labor Inspection Authority and the National Agency for Occupational Health.
"The main explanation seems to be that a larger proportion of foreign workers have more dangerous jobs than the Norwegian, shorter working hours and less stable employment," says Trude Vollheim, Director of Labor Inspection.
The report shows that many foreigners who are injured have risky jobs like demolition and renovation. The Labor Inspectorate does not know how many people work within such projects, but based on the numbers of injured persons, we can assume that foreign workers often have such jobs. Foreign workers work more on the construction site, while more Norwegian are managers or work in offices.
The data base for the report is all accidents involving construction work injuries notified to the Labor Inspectorate in the period 2012-2016, as well as an analysis of 176 accidents that the Labor Inspectorate followed up in 2015 and figures for employment from Statistics Norway.
Vollheim points out that the statistical material is limited, but the report nevertheless gives indications that foreign workers are at higher risk of losing their lives at work.
Short time with employer
A special feature in addition to dangerous jobs is that the foreigners who are injured or lose their lives in occupational accidents have had a short time with the employer.
Of the foreigners as perpetrators, all had been employed for less than four years at the employer, and 60 per cent had been employed for less than one year. Corresponding figures for the Norwegian as a perpetrator are that 25 per cent of them had been employed for less than four years.
Of the foreigners who were injured, over 80 percent of these had been employed by the employer for less than four years. Corresponding figures for the Norwegian are just under 60 per cent.
We have information about the employer's time for about 1/3 of the accidents. The percentages apply to these accidents as we have such information.