What's killing Latino workers?

Latinos suffer on-the-job fatalities more frequently than other ethnic groups, and there are reasons why

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists four leading causes of death among workers: falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and being caught in between two things. But the agency leaves out one startling fact: Latino workers are dying at a faster rate.

According to a joint American Society of Safety Engineers and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health report, in 2014, 789 Latino workers in the U.S. were killed from work-related injuries, which is equivalent to an average of 15 deaths weekly or two deaths daily. In 2013, Latinos were the only ethnic group to experience an increase in workplace fatalities. In addition, Latino immigrant workers have a higher mortality rate (5.9 per 100,000 workers) than other workers (4 per 100,000 workers). (According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the term "Latino" "refers to persons who identified themselves in the enumeration process as being Spanish, Hispanic or Latino. Persons of Hispanic or Latino ethnicity may be of any race.")

This is a serious matter and every roofing contractor needs to consider the reasons Latino workers are dying more frequently than their non-Latino counterparts. Based on my experience, the four main reasons are:

  1. Lack of communication
  2. Machismo
  3. Disregard for rules
  4. Incongruence

Lack of communication