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Fatal occupational injuries to foreign-born workers

December 26, 2018

A total of 5,147 workers died in 2017 from an injury at work. Of these, 927 (18 percent) were born outside of the United States.

Number of fatal occupational injuries to foreign-born workers by country or region of birth, 2013–17
Region/country of birth20132014201520162017

Total

879 846 943 970 927

Mexico

360340415362355

Asia

153154141183176

Central America, excluding Mexico

12795106129154

Europe

95949610085

Caribbean

5165688763

Africa

4844473333

South America

2435555444

Workers from Mexico each year account for about 40 percent of workplace fatalities that occurred to foreign-born workers. Among the selected areas in 2017, the number of fatal workplace injuries increased from 2016 only for workers from Central America, excluding Mexico. Fatally injured workers in 2017 who were born abroad came from over 80 different countries.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2017.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries. We have a table with more data on fatal work injuries to foreign-born workers.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Fatal occupational injuries to foreign-born workers on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2018/fatal-occupational-injuries-to-foreign-born-workers.htm (visited August 11, 2020).

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