According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Latino/Hispanic workers are more at risk than other workers. In fact, the rate of occupational fatal injuries is higher for Latino/Hispanic workers than it is for all workers, and it is higher for foreign-born Hispanic/Latinos than it is for domestic-born Hispanic/Latinos. This may be due to the fact that Hispanic/Latinos tend to work in more labor-intensive professions.
According to 2013 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- 22 percent of occupational deaths in this demographic were caused by slips, trips, and falls.
- 17 percent of occupational deaths in this demographic were caused by traffic accidents.
- 14 percent of occupational deaths in this demographic were caused by strikes from an object or piece of equipment.
It is no secret that this population is more vulnerable than most. It is important to understand where accidents are most likely to come from. If you work in a labor intensive job that includes dangerous conditions, be wary of walking surfaces, traffic patterns, and equipment malfunctions. Stay alert, stay informed, and stay safe.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, call us for a free consultation on your case. We would be happy to hear the conditions of your injury and to help represent you.