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Hispanics at Higher Risk for Work-Related Injuries Resulting in Death

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently reported on statistics involving work-related injury deaths among Hispanics in the United States. The period studied was 1992-2006 and during that period, a total of 11,303 of Hispanic workers died from work-related injuries.

One positive finding was that death rate for Hispanic workers declined during the period; despite this, the rate was still consistently higher than the rate for all U.S. workers. The study found that Hispanic workers in the construction industry are at a particularly high risk of fatal injury. In fact, between 2003 and 2006, 34% of Hispanic worker deaths occurred in that industry.

Potential factors cited included potential miscommunications caused by language barriers among non-native English speakers and employment in work that puts them at high risk for injury. The most common fatal events included highway accidents, homicide, and falls to a lower level.

Work-Related Injury Deaths Among Hispanics-United States, 1992-2006, Journal of the American Medical Assocation, December 3, 2008
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