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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports the number of workplace deaths in the United States is slowly decreasing, but not for Hispanic workers. While African American and Asian American workplace deaths have declined, the number of workplace deaths for Hispanic workers has been steadily increasing since 2010.
There are a variety of causes for the disproportionately high rates of Hispanic workplace accidents and deaths, but Hispanic workers have the same rights as all other employees. All employees have the right to a safe workplace. This includes the proper safety training and safety equipment.
Safety training is the best way to help prevent workplace accidents. Employers are required to provide training in a language their employees understand. However, this does not always happen. Without the proper training on the equipment and tools workers use and work around, workers can easily suffer from amputations, broken bones, lacerations, burn injuries, electrocution, and other serious injuries.
Equipment is also important in protecting workers from a range of unforeseen situations. Even in the safest of work environments, accidents can still occur, and gear that has been properly maintained can greatly reduce the resulting injuries from inevitable mistakes. Some of the most basic safety equipment like hard hats, gloves, and harnesses can reduce the severity of injuries.
Seeking compensation after a workplace accident can be an intimidating process for Hispanic workers, but with the help of experienced Houston workplace accident lawyers, you and your family may be able to recover from the financial burdens of an injury on the job. The attorneys of at Garza LLP have helped scores of workers after workplace injuries, and we stand ready to guide you through this difficult time. Contact us for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.