Reported in the 2005 workplace census by the BLS. Although overall workplace fatalities was lower by a percent point in the U.S. in 2005 compared 2004, there was a rise in fatalities among agricultural and Hispanic workers.
- Fatalities among agricultural workers were up 23 percent from 145 in 2004 to 178 in 2005.
- Fatal work injuries among Hispanic workers increased by 2 percent in 2005 to a new series high, though the fatality rate for Hispanic workers was lower.
For a summary, see Workplace Fatalities data for 2005. Full Report National Census Of Fatal Occupational Injuries In 2005
Although many factors are responsible for this on-going tragedy, language barriers and limited literacy is a significant contributor. Limited availability of training in Spanish may also be a factor (see Hispanic workers more likely to be injured on the job).
Workplace Deaths Down In 2005 (Unless You’re Hispanic, Black or Young)
Summary of Work-Related Fatalities with Hispanic Victims in
Washington State, 1998-2002
Economic Report: Hispanic Deaths On The Job Up By Two Percent