OSHA study shows more Latinos dying in construction jobs in New York
A new study released on Thursday, October 24 by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that Latino immigrant construction workers, which make up 74% of construction workers in New York, are more likely to die while performing their day-to-day duties in New York City than United States residents or U.S.-born Latinos.
Citing a New York State Trial Lawyers Association study, this recent study found that Latinos or other nationalities of immigrants appear to be becoming more frequent victims of construction work accidents due to the types of employers that hire them. These employers are usually small, non-union contractors that have been found to be the ones committing the most safety violations.
Center for Popular Democracy representative Connie Raza, the one who compiled the report, said these kinds of contractors are lax when it comes to providing training and physical equipment to their employees and “aren’t taking simple steps to protect their workers.”
Fortunately, construction workers in New York have fairly comprehensive rights when it comes to holding their employers accountable for workplace injuries. Call our attorneys from Hach & Rose, LLP, at 866-LAWS-USA if you or loved one in New York has been affected by a construction accident caused by a contractor or construction site owner’s negligence.