NEW YORK, March 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly one in four US construction workers is Latino. That's why XL Group'sNorth America Construction insurance business is teaming up with Red Angle to help clients bridge potential communication gaps and more effectively deliver construction safety lessons to Latino workers.
"Communication can be a weak point in even some of the best risk management programs, and that's not even when a second language is at issue," said Brian Poliafico, XL Group's Construction Risk Engineering Team Leader. "No matter how many years of Spanish we might have had, we more than likely did not learn the translation of terms that are specific and unique to the construction industry. Through Red Angle's services, we are helping our clients deliver safety messages effectively, in Spanish, so that nothing about these lessons is lost in translation."
Red Angle provides Spanish lessons that are all content relevant and specific to the construction industry. Two available modules, Construction Spanish and Safety Spanish, deliver industry-specific Spanish lessons in short 8 minute videos delivered every day for six weeks along with additional reference materials.
According to Bradley Hartmann, president of Red Angle, "In an industry that already has a high injury rate, there is no room for ineffective communication. Nationally Hispanics are disproportionately more likely to be injured or killed on the job. Plus, given the growing economy; many contractors are seeing a benefit in improving their language skills. They are leveraging Spanish skills to help retain their skilled Latino workers amidst a labor shortage."
"Red Angle's lessons do not take up much time day-to-day but deliver a lot of long term value," said XL Group's Mr. Poliafico. "We're excited to offer our clients access to tools like Red Angle'sConstruction Spanish and Safety Spanish. Effective communication is such an integral part of effective risk management and we want to make sure everyone goes home"
XL Group'sNorth America Construction insurance business offers a customer-centric approach with a deep understanding of large contractors' insurance and complex risk management needs to develop insurance solutions and growth through integrated risk management.
About Red Angle
Red Angle offers industry-specific Spanish language training. Through Construction Spanish and Safety Spanish, Red Angle helps the construction industry bridge language gaps that can pose risks to worker safety. Red Angle's videos are available via on-demand delivery through laptop, tablet and smartphone. To learn more, visit redanglespanish.com
About XL Group plc's Insurance Operations
XL Group plc's insurance companies offer property, casualty, professional and specialty insurance products globally. Businesses that are moving the world forward choose XL as their partner. To learn more, visit xlgroup.com/insurance
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