Published April 11, 2019 at bechtel.com By: Jackeline Ardon(*), NHEO Institute
Industry injuries among non-native English speakers on the rise
A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report indicated that across all employment types and demographics fatal work injuries have decreased from 5,190 in 2016 to 5,147 in 2017, and the numbers of fatalities in construction and extraction occupation have fallen from 970 to 965. However, fatalities among Hispanic and Latino workers have increased from 879 to 903 over the same time span.
The National Hispanic Entrepreneurs’ Organization (NHEO) Institute is a non-profit leading the Building a Safer Future campaign that tackles this issue by providing support to local communities and corporations among Hispanic workers. Since, January 2018, the NHEO Institute has successfully recruited more than 350 companies for this campaign and has enrolled more than 75 volunteers.