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Latinos More Likely to Die in New York City Construction Accidents

Every single construction worker faces risks. Whether you are male or female, Latino or Caucasian, English speaking or not, you could die in a New York City construction accident. However, a recent study found that some workers may face greater risks than other workers. It is important to understand the study results to try to prevent tragic New York City construction accident fatalities from occurring.

Who Is More Likely to Die in New York City Construction Accidents?

According to the New York Daily News, a recent study found that:

  • 41% of New York City construction workers identify themselves as Latino.
  • 74% of New York City construction workers who died in fatal falls from 2003-2011 were Latino. This includes both U.S.-born Latinos and immigrants.

While the reasons for this discrepancy have not been definitively proven, it has been suggested that the difference may be in the hiring practices and safety practices of small, non-union contractors compared to those of large, union contractors. Small, non-union contractors tend to hire more immigrant day laborers than larger union contractors and safety practices of some small, non-union contractors may not be comparable to those of large union contractors. In other words, immigrant day laborers may not have the training or safety equipment that other New York construction workers have, and that could be contributing to the higher number of fatalities among Latino construction workers in New York City.

Call a New York Construction Lawyer If Your Loved One Has Been Killed

If your loved one has been killed in a New York construction accident, it is important to know more about your legal rights. Please call an experienced New York construction lawyer today at 800-362-9329 for more information.

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