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Occupational fatalities of Hispanic construction workers from 1992 to 2000.

Authors
Dong-X; Platner-JW
Source
Am J Ind Med 2004 Jan; 45(1):45-54
NIOSHTIC No.
20040964
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Hispanic construction employment has dramatically increased, yet published data on occupational risk is lacking. METHODS: Data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and current population survey (CPS) were examined from 1992 to 2000. Fatality rate, relative risk (RR), and risk index were calculated using CFOI fatality data and CPS data on hours worked, adjusted to full-time-equivalents (FTE). Data between 1996 and 2000 were combined to allow reliable comparisons of age and occupational groups. RR and 95% confidence intervals were calculated. RESULTS: In 2000, Hispanics constituted less than 16% of the construction workforce yet suffered 23.5% of fatal injuries. RRs were: helpers, construction trades, 2.31 (95% CI: 1.41-3.80); roofers 1.77 (95% CI: 1.38-2.28); carpenters 1.39 (95% CI: 1.08-1.79); and construction laborers 1.31 (95% CI: 1.17-1.46). CONCLUSIONS: Hispanic construction workers consistently faced higher RRs, for every year from 1992 to 2000 and for every age group. In 2000, Hispanic construction workers were nearly twice (1.84, 95% CI: 1.60-2.10) as likely to be killed by occupational injuries as their non-Hispanic counterparts.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Racial-factors; Risk-factors; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Information-retrieval-systems; Surveillance-programs; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Author Keywords: construction; occupation; safety; fatality; fatal injury; Hispanic; worker; risk; workplace; immigrant; age
Contact
James W. Platner, The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Ave., Suite1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20040101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
platner@cpwr.com
Funding Amount
1670902
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-310982
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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