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Undocumented Hispanic construction workers are at high risk

Most people who know someone working in construction understand that it is a very dangerous career path. People in this industry can easily get hurt or even killed while working. It only takes a second for a worker to slip while working high up in a building, resulting in a fall. Similarly, falling materials, electrocution, crushing accidents and scaffolding issues all pose risks to construction workers.

Even within the construction field, some people are at higher risk than others. In particular, young Hispanic construction workers face the greatest risk of severe injury or death. Undocumented workers also face risks from employers who may be willing to ignore safety laws like they do other employment laws. These workers and their families deserve compensation if they end up hurt or killed while working.

Studies show that younger Hispanic workers face the worst odds

Out of any demographic among construction workers, young, immigrant Hispanic construction workers face the steepest risks. Those who work for companies with fewer than 20 workers are at highest risk of all. Their employers may simply lack the resources to offer appropriate safety equipment and training. Worse yet, these employers may intentionally cut corners to save a little money, putting their workers at risk.

Hispanic immigrant workers have nearly 150 percent the risk of mortality at work compared to all other workers. Their risk is roughly 5.9 per 100,000 employees, while all others have a mortality rate of 4.0 per 100,000 full-time workers.

Undocumented workers have a right to workers' compensation

Even those who did not have proper legal paperwork for seeking employment in the United States can receive workers' compensation after an injury at work. Families of undocumented workers have the right to death benefits, as well as the potential right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit in cases where the employer's negligence or law-breaking directly contributed to the deadly accident.

Many workers are so concerned about legal action, including arrest and deportation, that they do not stand up for their rights after a work accident. That only lets an unscrupulous employer continue to game the system and endanger undocumented immigrants. After a work accident, you have the right to make a workers' compensation claim and hold your employer responsible for the injuries and losses you sustain.

Construction accidents can leave you unable to work and earn money

There's no question about it: Construction accidents can be serious enough to end your career in the field. In fact, injuries that impact your spine, head or limbs could keep you from any job requiring physical labor for the rest of your life.

Regardless of immigration status, employees deserve protection from a life of poverty related to a work accident. Don't just accept your injuries as a risk of the job. Seek the compensation you deserve and protect your future at the same time.

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