Photo: Hispanic workers in Massachusetts
In a timely report titled “Dying for Work in Massachusetts: The Loss of Life and Limb in Massachusetts Workplaces” the state is finding out that Hispanics workers die on the job at a much higher rate than anyone else.
The report, commissioned by the state’s AFL-CIO office and the Coalition for Occupation Safety and Health, noted that on average nearly one worker’s death occurs each week in the state. On average 1.2 deaths per 100,000 occur amongst whites but for Hispanic workers on average 3.5 die per 100,000.
The report also concluded that inadequate safety precautions, and a lack of oversight along with workplace violence are resulting in this rate of fatalities.
Nonetheless Massachusetts is one of the safest states to work comparatively.