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Work-Related Fatalities Remain High for Latino Workers

Posted: May 02, 2012


The workplace fatality rate for Latino workers continues to be higher than the fatality rate for all U.S. workers, according to a new report released Wednesday by the AFL-CIO. The report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect,” which looks at job illness, injuries and fatalities for Latinos from 1992 to 2010, reveals that Latino workers – immigrants in particular – continue to have a higher risk than other ethnic groups to be fatally injured while working. In 2010, 682 Latino workers were killed on the job – 427 of those deaths, or 63 percent, were Latino immigrant workers.

Although the rate of fatal injuries to Latino workers decreased from 4 per 100,000 workers in 2009 to 3.7 per 100,000 workers in 2010, the fatality rate among Latino workers was 6 percent higher than that for all U.S. workers. California, Texas and New York had the greatest number of foreign-born worker fatalities in 2010, with 134, 115 and 63 deaths, respectively. Of the foreign-born workers who were fatally injured at work in 2010, 55 percent were Latino.

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