“Working with construction contractors very closely, especially though COVID, we found out a lot about safety, or lack of safety, in the workplace,” said Terri Reed, director of the Minority Business Development Agency operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. (Credit: diego cervo/stock.adobe.com) “Working with construction contractors very closely, especially though COVID, we found out a lot about safety, or lack of safety, in the workplace,” said Terri Reed, director of the Minority Business Development Agency operated by the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. (Credit: diego cervo/stock.adobe.com)

The worksite fatality rate for Latinos during 2019 was four per 100,000 workers, compared with 3.5 for all workers, the Texas Association of Mexican-American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) reported.

In addition to an elevated rate of deaths, the number of work-related Latino deaths has been steadily increasing during the past few years. In 2017, 903 Latino on-the-job deaths were reported. In 2018, that number hit 961, and during 2019 it reached 1,088, according to TAMACC.

Steve Hallo

Steve Hallo is managing editor of PropertyCasualty360.com. He can be reached at [email protected].  

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