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Hispanic On the Job Death Rates Nearly Double

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- Statistics released by the US Bureau of Labor show that the number of Hispanic workers who die on the job jumped seventy six percent between 1992 and 2007.

The Labor Department says this huge spike can be attributed to working jobs that leave them more susceptible to injuries and exploitation of workers. But the Washington Department of Labor and Industry says they are being very proactive in outreach efforts to keep latino workers safe.

They also said that unreported incidents of latino injuries are an issue. One latino death in Washington prompted state legislation that aims to prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke. In Washington, Hispanics make up about ten percent of all on the job death rates.