While all construction workers face serious risks every day they go to work on a construction site, these risks are more significant for Latino and immigrant workers. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, from 2003 to 2011, 74% of construction workers who died were either U.S. born Latinos or immigrants.
Why Are Latinos and Immigrants More at Risk?
Although construction accidents do not discriminate between the races, there are several explanations as to why Latino and immigrant construction workers are getting injured and dying on the job in New York City in disproportionate numbers.
Perhaps the most important reason for this disproportionate injury and fatality rate among this sector has to do with the lack of safety equipment and steps taken by smaller, non-union contractors and job site owners. These contractors and owners are generally more likely to hire immigrant day laborers. And since they are also less willing to take simple steps to protect their workers and less likely to provide the training and safety equipment required by law, the Latino and immigrant workers are most likely to suffer the consequences.
Workers Need Help Protecting Themselves
Even though Latinos and immigrant construction workers have the highest number of death rates while on the job, they also file the lowest number of complaints against contractors and owners for failing to follow safety rules. The reason for the immigrant workers’, especially day laborers, reluctance in reporting safety hazards is their fear of being told to leave for the day or losing their job altogether.
Nevertheless, these workers and their loved ones deserve the same compensation for their injuries and death. With the help of an experienced New York construction accident attorney, they can get the fair legal representation they need to get the financial compensation they deserve.
Let Us Help
If you or a loved was injured while working at a construction site, you have legal rights and may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced New York Construction Accident Lawyers at Gersowitz, Libo & Korek, P.C. are dedicated to getting you the maximum compensation that you deserve.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 1-800-529-9997.