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February 2013

Hispanic/Latino fatal occupational injury rates

Christen G. Byler

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.

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