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High number of Hispanics die in construction jobs

Falls are most common cause of work-related deaths in 2006

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The construction industry accounted for about 34 percent of work-related deaths among Hispanic workers in the United States from 2003-06, according to a government report released this month. While the death rate for Hispanic workers actually declined as a whole from 1992-2006 compared to previous periods, "the rate was consistently higher than the rate for all U.S. workers, and the proportion of deaths among foreign-born Hispanic workers increased over time," according to the report, by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Additional efforts are needed to reduce the risk for death among Hispanic workers because of projected increases in their employment, involvement in work with high risk for injury, susceptibility to miscommunication caused by language differences, and other potential risks associated with culture and economic status," the report states. There were 11,303 work-related deaths among Hispanic workers from 1992-2006, and th...