A report released Wednesday by the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, which focuses largely on fall protection and exposure to hazardous materials, highlights the disproportionate fatality rate for Hispanic workers. According to the report, 4.2 deaths per 100,000 Hispanic workers, compared with 3.7 deaths per 100,000 for all U.S. workers.
“Undocumented workers are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and retaliation,” Jessica Martinez, assistant director of the National Council for Occupational Safety and Health, said in a Wednesday conference call. She said the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration must improve outreach efforts in Spanish and other languages to ensure workers from other countries understand their rights, particularly because these employees often work in high-risk jobs. Read more.