The AFL-CIO's latest report on American workers' health and safety finds that Latino workers continue to be at increased risk of job deaths and accounted for 748 deaths in 2012, the year for which the report is based. Other findings in the report regarding Latinos are:
_ The death rate for Latino workers on the job in 2012 was 3.7 per 100,000 workers, compared to a job death rate of 3.4 per 100,000 overall workers.
_ Though high, the death rate is lower than in 2001, when fatalities were six deaths per 100,000.
_ States with the highest rate of Latino worker deaths were Texas, 201, California, 137 and Florida, 54. Texas' and Florida's Latino worker deaths had increased from 2011.
_ The highest number of Latino worker deaths occurred in the construction industry, 220, followed by transportation and warehousing, 92. The leading causes of death for Latinos was transportation incidents, 274, falls, 161, contact with equipment, 134 and violence, 82.
_ There were 824 deaths among immigrant workers in 2012, down from 843 in 2011. Of the foreign-born worker deaths, 59 percent were Latino.
First published May 8 2014, 9:01 AM
Suzanne Gamboa is a senior writer for NBCNews.com. She started in January 2014. Gamboa is responsible for editing, reporting and writing stories about Latinos and how the population's expansion is reshaping the U.S. Gamboa joined NBCNews.com from NBC Latino, where she was political editor, responsible for writing, editing and assigning political coverage.
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Prior to her role at NBC Latino, Gamboa had worked 13 years in the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Associated Press, where she covered politics, immigration and border and U.S.-Mexico issues, veterans, the Texas congressional delegation and most recently race and ethnicity, a beat she helped build. She also worked at the AP in Texas and at the Austin American-Statesman.
Gamboa lives in Washington, D.C.