Approximately 41 percent of New York City construction workers consider themselves as Latino, yet 74 percent of all construction accident deaths involve a Latino worker.
The statistics come from the Center for Popular Democracy which reviewed New York City construction fatalities from 2003 to 2011 using data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“The data we have demonstrates that Latinos and immigrants are more likely to die in these types of accidents,” said Center for Popular Democracy employee Connie Razza.
Latinos and immigrants face an increased risk of being injured in a construction accident due to a variety of reasons.
Some employers take advantage of the hard-working nature of Latinos, knowing they will likely tackle dangerous tasks. Also, undocumented workers are afraid to report injuries or safety violations for fear of deportation. Even Latino Americans may be afraid to speak up and risk being fired or viewed as “complainers” by their employer.
While foremen are often bilingual or speak Spanish there are often language barriers at the job site, especially when working alongside other contractors. In some situations, this exposes the Latino worker to an increased accident risk.
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Source: NY Daily News, “Latino, Immigrant Construction Workers More Likely To Die On Job In NYC: Study,” Erica Pearson, Oct. 24, 2013