Number of workers who died from fatal accidents at work increased significantly during 2021According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Out of 4,764 deaths registered in 2020 due to work injuries, 5,190 deaths are expected in 2021. Many of these deaths, unfortunately, Affected Latino employees, who are among the populations most affected by on-the-job deaths,
According to BLS data, Hispanic/Latino workers are most affected by workplace injury deaths, second only to the non-Hispanic white population. Statistics reveal a sad reality: At least 1,130 Latinos to lose their lives due to fatal workplace accidents in the US during 2021,
The number of fatal workplace accidents for Latino workers has progressively increased compared to those registered in 2020, when there were 1,072 deaths due to workplace injuries among Latino or Hispanic employees.
If we look at the figures of the previous years, this trend is worrying. Because it shows that Latinos account for more deaths from work injuries in the United States each year, the 2021 figures are the highest since 2017,
This trend was already observed in 2020, when the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), Latino worker death rate rises to 4.5 For every 100,000 workers in 2020, it’s one 15% growth in last 10 years.
The reason behind this trend can be found in the professions or occupations that have the highest number of deaths due to work injuries.
According to the BLS, one of the industries with the highest number of fatal workplace accidents is construction and mining. In this sector, around 951 deaths occurred during 2021.
According to the Center for Latin American Monetary Studies (CEMLA), a large proportion of the seven million Mexicans who currently form part of the US labor market are in the construction sector, which would explain the progressive increase in the deaths of Latinos in accidents.
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