In 2013, 797 Hispanic workers died in the United States from work-related injuries, 18 percent of the 4,405 workers killed on the job that year, according to United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics' Preliminary Report Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, as shown in Figure 1. The fatal injuries rate for Hispanic workers in 2013 was 3.8 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers, 19 percent higher than the national job related fatal injuries rate of 3.2 per 100,000 workers.

The disappointing 2013 result is the highest number of occupational fatal injuries of Hispanic workers registered over the last 5 years, a troubling work-related fatal injuries increasing trend starting in 2011 and 2012, as presented in Figure 2. Significant progress had been made from 2007 to 2010 in the reduction of Hispanic workers' fatal injuries cases, after 990 occupational fatality cases were reported in 2006.

This presentation examines the characteristics of the work-related fatal injuries that affected the Hispanic workers in the U.S. in 2013. Some of the accident prevention strategies applied in recent years to protect Hispanic workers will be discussed as well as new intervention actions that may be effective to address the increasing fatality injuries rate trend.

Hispanics and Hispanics' Workers in the United States

According to information released by the United States Census Bureau:

  • Since 2013, 54 million people of Hispanic origin live in the United States, 17 percent of the nation's total population

  • Hispanic is the largest ethnic or racial minority in the U.S. as of July 2013

  • The world's second largest Hispanic population lives in the United States as of 2010

  • The United States Hispanic population increased 2 percent just in one year, from 2012 and 2013

  • Hispanics will make up15 percent of the United States' workforce by 2050.

  • Hispanic population in the United States is projected to increase 238 percent from 2013 to 2060.

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