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February 2013, Vol. 136, No. 2
Hispanic/Latino fatal occupational injury rates
Christen G. Byler
Christen G. Byler is an economist in the Division of Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, Office of Compensation and Working Conditions, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The overall fatal occupational injury rate is higher for Hispanic/Latino workers than for all workers; foreign-born Hispanic/Latino workers have higher rates than native-born Hispanic/Latino workers in certain occupations, a statistic that is explainable by differentials in employment between the two groups
The topic of job safety among Hispanic/Latino workers continues to command the attention of a growing number of people in the occupational safety community. Various events, including the coordination of efforts among various agencies and organizations at the first National Action Summit for Latino Worker Health and Safety, held in April 2010, signal the increasing prominence of this issue.1
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1 Dr. David Michaels, "Modernizing OSHA: Plenary Remarks," paper presented at the American Society of Safety Engineers Professional Development Conference & Expo, Baltimore, Maryland, June 14, 2010, http://osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=SPEECHES&p_id=2221.
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