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Work-related fatal injuries among foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 727 in 2021

October 10, 2023

The number of work-related fatalities among foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 727 in 2021, a 5.1-percent increase from 692 in 2020 and the highest count since the series began in 2011.

 Number of work-related fatal injuries, 2011-21
Year Foreign-born Hispanic or Latino Total excluding foreign-born Hispanic or Latino Total

2011

512 4181 4693

2012

484 4144 4628

2013

542 4043 4585

2014

513 4308 4821

2015

605 4231 4836

2016

588 4602 5190

2017

568 4579 5147

2018

641 4609 5250

2019

719 4614 5333

2020

692 4072 4764

2021

727 4463 5190

Fourteen percent of all work-related fatalities in 2021 were to foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers. This was the second highest share since the series began. The highest share (14.5 percent) was recorded in 2020 when pandemic-related employment changes contributed to a decline of 10.7 percent in total workplace fatalities overall compared to a decline of 3.8 percent for foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers.

 Number of work-related fatal injuries to foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers, selected occupations, 2021
Occupation Number of work-related fatal injuries

Construction trades workers

228

Motor vehicle operators

100

Grounds maintenance workers

67

Agricultural workers

43

Material moving workers

41

In 2021, construction trades occupations had the highest number of foreign-born Hispanic or Latino worker deaths with 228 fatal injuries. This occupation accounted for nearly one third (31.4 percent) of all fatalities among foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers.

These data are from the Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities program. To learn more, see “National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2021.” We also have more charts on fatal work injuries.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Work-related fatal injuries among foreign-born Hispanic or Latino workers rose to 727 in 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/work-related-fatal-injuries-among-foreign-born-hispanic-or-latino-workers-rose-to-727-in-2021.htm (visited April 15, 2024).

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