Occupational Safety & Health

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 gave workers the right to a safe job. Yet, more than 40 years later, workers are still hurt and even killed on the job by preventable injuries. Latinos are the group most likely to die from an injury on the job; in 2012, 708 Latinos were killed on the job. In 2011, the Latino worker fatality rate was 4.0 fatalities for every 100,000 workers, compared to 3.5 overall.

The overrepresentation of Latinos in hazardous jobs only partially explains their risk of injury or death at work. Other factors, such as outdated standards, underresourced enforcement agencies, and a broken immigration system that leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers, all contribute to the unacceptably high level of occupational injury and illness among Hispanic workers.

NCLR reports on Latino trends in occupational safety and health and advocates for modernized labor protections and better enforcement of existing occupational safety and health laws.

OSHA Alliance

(L to R), NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía and Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, sign the OSHA and NCLR Alliance renewal agreement at DOL on September 20, 2013.

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