Workplace Death Rate is Higher Among Latinos
According to an analysis of federal data by the ACL-CIO, the number of Latinos that died on the job in 2015 increased from previous years, even though the rate of workplace deaths nationwide did not change. According to KPCC,
The report found 4,836 workplace fatalities nationwide, a rate of 3.4 people per 100,000. Among Latinos, the rate was nearly 20 percent higher: 4.0 per 100,000 people. Deaths among Latino workers increased from 804 in 2014 to 903 in 2015. Of those, 605 were foreign-born, which includes those with legal status and those in the country illegally.
Latinos, especially undocumented immigrants, often work in hazardous jobs such as construction, which has high injury and fatality rates. However, the death rate in California is 2.2 workers per 100,000, which means that California has the fifth-lowest rate of workplace deaths in the United States. This lower death rate is attributed to the fact that California has its own Occupational Safety and Health Administration that is stricter than the federal government’s agency. Since Latinos work in more hazardous industries, it is important for them to be more cautious at work and report any safety or health violations.
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