The average age of Hispanic workers who died from work-related injuries was 35, compared with 42 for other workers. Also, 95 percent of Hispanics who died were men.
Except for 1995, the annual rate of work-related deaths among Hispanic workers was greater than for all other U.S. workers. In 2006, deaths among Hispanic workers were 5.0 per 100,000, compared with 4.0 per 100,000 for white workers, and 3.7 per 100,000 for black workers, according to the report.
From 1992 to 1996, homicide was the most common cause of death among Hispanic workers. These were mainly deaths that occurred during workplace robberies, Baron said. Between 1997 and 2006, highway accidents were the most common cause of death. These included traffic fatalities and workers killed while during roadwork.
But from 2000 to 2006, falls were the most common cause of deaths among Hispanic workers. From 1992 to 2006, work-related homicides among Hispanics dropped by 37 percent. However, during the same time frame, deaths from falls increased approximately 370 percent.
Among Hispanic workers who died between 2003 and 2006, 67 percent were born outside the United States, with 70 percent coming from Mexico.
High-risk jobs, such as construction, were one of the main factors leading to higher death rates among Hispanic workers. From 2003 to 2006, most Hispanics who died from work-related injuries worked in construction (34 percent). Other jobs with high death rates for Hispanics included administrative and waste services (11 percent), agriculture/forestry/fishing/hunting (10 percent), and transportation/warehousing (10 percent), the report found.
The greatest number of deaths were in California (773), followed by Texas (687) and Florida (417). The highest rates of deaths among Hispanic workers were in South Carolina, with 22.8 deaths per 100,000; Oklahoma with 10.3 deaths per 100
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