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Am J Ind Med. 2002 Aug;42(2):117-23.

Occupational risks and injuries in non-agricultural immigrant Latino workers.

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Liberty Mutual Center for Disability Research, 71 Frankland Road, Hopkinton, Massachusetts 01701, USA. glenn.pransky@libertymutual.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To investigate occupational health in urban immigrant Latino workers, using a community-based method.

METHODS:

A survey was administered through consecutively selected door-to-door interviews.

RESULTS:

Response rate was 80% (n = 427). Average time in the US was 7.6 years, and average job tenure was 2.8 years. Twenty-five reported exposures to over 10 different hazards, and 18% thought these hazards had harmed their health. Only 31% received any job safety training; 55% had no workers' compensation coverage. Of the 47 (11%) with a work injury in the past 3 years, 27% reported difficulty obtaining treatment, 91% lost time from work (median = 13 days) and 29% had to change jobs because of the injury. The annual occupational injury rate was 12.2/100 full-time workers, compared to an expected rate of 7.1.

CONCLUSIONS:

Urban immigrant workers have increased risk of occupational injuries, with adverse outcomes.

PMID:
12125087
DOI:
10.1002/ajim.10092
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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