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Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board expresses concern over safety of Latino workers in the United States

In a March 2015 letter to the Editor of the Houston Chronicle, the Chairperson of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, the U.S. federal agency that investigates chemical disasters, expressed concern over the safety of Latino workers in the United States.   Chairperson Moure-Eraso pointed out that the workplace fatality rate for Latino workers not only exceeds the rate for non-Latinos, but is also on the rise. Particular industries cited as having dangerous occupations included construction, agriculture and the petrochemical industry. According to the Chairperson, 148 workers died in “fires and explosions” in 2013, and 20 of them were Hispanics. Similarly, he reports that out of 330 total workers that died from “exposure to harmful substances or environments” in 2013, 68 were Hispanic.   Mr. Moure-Eraso cited to a UC Berkley report that spoke to why Latinos are so vulnerable in the work place, citing factors such as them being overrepresented in jobs with low wages and dangerous working conditions, being less likely to have adequate training and sometimes lacking language skills to access safety information.

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