Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Workplace Deaths Among Hispanics Reach All-Time High

In 2006, 937 Hispanic workers died on the job.

Hispanics are more likely to be killed on the job than workers of any other ethnic group, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hispanic worker fatalities accounted for 16 percent of the 5,703 total fatal work injuries. That equates to 4.7 fatalities per 100,000 Hispanic workers, a death rate that is 21 percent higher than for all workers.

According to a recent New York Times article:

Often hired for low-end jobs like construction labor and meatpacking, Hispanic immigrants in the United States die from workplace injuries at a far higher rate than other workers.

In recent years the rate of on-the-job deaths for all Hispanics has been 20 percent higher than for whites or blacks, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has found. The death rate for Hispanics in construction, an industry that has hired many immigrants in recent years, is even higher, occupational experts say.

Job safety officials say that Hispanic immigrants, often unskilled and often here illegally, are hired disproportionately into many of the most dangerous jobs, like roofing, fruit picking and taxi driving.

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