According to a recent study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Hispanic workers are much more likely than non-Hispanic workers to die of injuries suffered on the job. Published as “Work-Related Injury Deaths Among Hispanics: United States, 1992–2006” in the CDC’s June 6 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the study examines all work-related fatal injuries, not just construction-related deaths. But the numbers clearly underscore the heightened risk faced by Hispanics in the construction industry. Among the findings are the following:

For the entire 15-year study period, the death rate from on-the-job injuries for Hispanic workers was 5.0 deaths per 100,000, compared with 4.0 for non-Hispanic white workers and 3.7 for non-Hispanic black workers. The disparity was even greater between U.S.-born and foreign-born Hispanics: From 2003 to 2006, the death rate for foreign-born...

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