Fatal Work Injuries Decline for Hispanic Workers

Fatal work injuries among Hispanic workers, which have risen each year since 1995, were down by 6 percent in 2002, according to the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

However, the 840 fatal work injuries recorded for Hispanic workers in 2002 accounted for the second highest annual total for that population. Among black workers, a total of 491 fatalities were recorded, the lowest annual count ever for that population.

In fact, fatal work injuries were down in almost every demographic category, for men and women, for wage and salary and self-employed workers, and for virtually all age groups.

Fatal work injuries among workers 19 years of age and under went from 175 in 2001 to 133 in 2002, a decline of 24 percent.

Fatal work injuries among white, non-Hispanic workers were down about 6 percent.

Thirty states and the District of Columbia had fewer fatal work injuries in 2002 than in 2001. Two states New Jersey and North Dakota had the same number of fatalities in both 2001 and 2002, and the remaining 18 states reported increases. Nine states reported series lows in 2002.

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