Health and Safety
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 2010, the Latino worker fatality rate was 3.9 for every 100,000 workers, compared to 3.6 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 Other factors, such as outdated standards, underresourced enforcement agencies, and a broken immigration system that leaves workers vulnerable to exploitation by unscrupulous employers, all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 with NCLR
On May 20, 2011, NCLR entered into an Alliance with the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The OSHA Alliance with NCLR fosters information- and resource-sharing and improves OSHA’s reach into Latino communities by building relationships between regional OSHA representatives and NCLR Affiliates.
|(L to R): Dr. David Michaels, Assistant Secretary, USDOL-OSHA, and Eric Rodriguez, NCLR Vice President, Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation, sign a national Alliance agreement.|
Fractures in the Foundation: The Latino Worker’s Experience in an Era of Declining Job Quality
Latinos in the Poultry Industry
NCLR Comments on USDA Proposed Rule for Poultry Slaughter Inspection
Profiles of the Latino Workforce: What Are Some Ways to Reduce the Risk of Dying on the Job?
We Needed the Work: Latino Worker Voices in the New Economy
Coalition Letter to USDA to Withdraw Poultry Slaughter Proposal
Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect
Public health officials urge USDA to withdraw plan to “modernize” poultry inspection, worker and food safety will suffer
The Department of Labor Reverses Course on the Safety of Farmworker Children
OSHA Alliance Program