Latinos Suffer Higher Rate of Job Related Deaths due to Language Barriers

Posted on June 5, 2008. Filed under: Culture, Illegal Immigration |

For those who keep insisting that Mexicans should be able to come here and NOT learn the language, this is another reason why it is in their best interest to learn our language. They really are better off all around if they learn English. It’s much easier for them to assimilate and become a part of the community if they do so.

Latinos suffer higher rate of job-related deaths
From the Associated Press
June 6, 2008

ATLANTA — Latino workers die at higher rates than other laborers, with 1 in 3 of these deaths occurring in the construction industry, a government study reported Thursday.

Latinos tend to hold more high-risk jobs than other ethnic groups, but language and literacy barriers and poor training and supervision may also be factors, researchers said. The leading causes of death in recent years have been falls and highway-related accidents.

“Many of the Latino workers in construction are undocumented, and many of those who are recently arrived do face a language barrier,” said Rakesh Kochhar, associate director for research at the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan think tank.

“A language barrier hinders understanding of a job, or the risks associated with it, or safety precautions,” said Kochhar, who was not part of the study, which counted more than 11,000 Latino work-related deaths nationwide from 1992 to 2006.

The researchers calculated an annual death rate of 5 per 100,000 Latino workers in 2006. The rate for non-Latino white workers was 4. For blacks, it was 3.7.



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