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Injuries rise, but Hispanic workers shun safety classes
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Posted on 07/24/2005 4:14:14 PM PDT by Happy2BMe

Injuries rise, but Hispanic workers shun safety classes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Despite federal reports that Hispanic workers are suffering from rising rates of injury and death, Utah's Spanish-language safety classes are full of empty chairs.

''Efforts to reach out and provide training to them has been very ineffective,'' said Peter Groesbeck, program administrator for the Utah Labor Commission. ''We need to understand the dynamics of this working sector of the state's work force.''

The Labor Commission plans a study to learn more about Spanish speaking immigrant workers and hope to use it to improve attendance at the free eight-hour classes.

Fewer than 200 Utah workers have taken the class through the Utah Safety Council.

''The frequency and severity of workplace injuries is higher among Hispanics,'' said Bob Parenti, council president. ''That's the concern. How we can reach out and provide safety training?''

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that nationally, workplace fatalities among Hispanics have risen nearly 35 percent over the last decade, especially in construction. Meanwhile, overall workplace fatalities had dropped by 20 percent.

There could be multiple challenges to filling classroom chairs. Some small employers might have difficulty losing a day of labor, or for workers with multiple jobs to have time, said Louis M. Silva, an OSHA instructor for the course.

But there are some pockets of success. The Utah Restaurant Association, for example, hasn't had trouble, president and CEO Melva Sine said.

About 17 percent of the restaurant industry is Hispanic. The association offered course materials in Spanish, but found a high illiteracy rates among immigrant workers was also an impediment. Still, about 30 people have been trained to share the information with employees and the association is beginning to offer onsite training at some businesses.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; US: California; US: Colorado; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: compensation; illegalalien; osha; worker
The Labor Commission plans a study to learn more about Spanish speaking immigrant workers and hope to use it to improve attendance at the free eight-hour classes.

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The safety meetings are not the only things illegal aliens are shunning.

1 posted on 07/24/2005 4:14:16 PM PDT by Happy2BMe
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To: Happy2BMe

More illegal aliens are dying? Oh, the horror! (/sarcasm off)


2 posted on 07/24/2005 4:20:31 PM PDT by Now_is_The_Time (They hate us because we're better.)
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To: Happy2BMe

There's a former tire-shop owner in L.A. who's probably still in jail, it seems he had an illegal working for him that was a "welder" so when the owner had a wheel with a crack in a split-rim come in he told the illegal to weld it; what he didn't tell the guy was that it's always a good idea to let the air out and leave out the valve before applying any heat to the rim.

Well, Jose is in heaven now and the tire shop is overgrown with grass and grafitti, CAL-OSHA wasn't happy.


3 posted on 07/24/2005 4:21:22 PM PDT by Old Professer (As darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good; innocence is blind.)
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To: Happy2BMe
...Utah's Spanish-language safety classes are full of empty chairs.

"Efforts to reach out and provide training to them has been very ineffective," said Peter Groesbeck, program administrator for the Utah Labor Commission.

"We need to understand the dynamics of this working sector of the state's work force."

The dynamics? Well, a lot of them are illiterate. Or, perhaps they don't want no steeking safety classes.

The Labor Commission plans a study to learn more about Spanish speaking immigrant workers

It'll be a waste of time and money, but your concern is oh so touching.

"The frequency and severity of workplace injuries is higher among Hispanics," said Bob Parenti, council president. "That's the concern. How we can reach out and provide safety training?"

Grab 'em by the throat and make 'em an offer they can't refuse.

4 posted on 07/24/2005 4:29:04 PM PDT by DumpsterDiver
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To: Happy2BMe

The dynamics? Assumption of risk.


5 posted on 07/24/2005 5:00:45 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken (Seldom right, but never in doubt.)
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To: Happy2BMe

Odd.

If ~I~ didn't show up for safety training, I also didn't have to show up for a check; they would kindly mail it to me, if I didn't pick it up on my way out the door.


6 posted on 07/24/2005 5:08:53 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: Now_is_The_Time
Despite federal reports that Hispanic workers are suffering from rising rates of injury and death, Utah's Spanish-language safety classes are full of empty chairs.

But they work so cheap, and their employers don't have to pick up the tab for their health care, the taxpayers do. So what's the problem?

/sarcasm

7 posted on 07/24/2005 5:10:35 PM PDT by Euro-American Scum (A poverty-stricken middle class must be a disarmed middle class)
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To: Euro-American Scum

They must have a card that says they attended the course. "NO CARD NO WORK"


8 posted on 07/24/2005 6:19:30 PM PDT by snowman1
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To: Happy2BMe

"We doan pay nada attention to todo the gringo leys o rules y we doan need no steenkin safety classes!"


9 posted on 07/24/2005 6:31:59 PM PDT by Tacis ("Democrats - The Party of Traitors, Treachery and Treason!")
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To: Tacis; Now_is_The_Time; Old Professer; DumpsterDiver; Wally_Kalbacken; ApplegateRanch; ...
'Safety Meeting' Actually an Immigration Sting
Federal immigration officials are taking heat from several quarters--including colleagues in other government agencies--for luring some North Carolina construction workers to what was advertised as a "mandatory" Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) meeting.

Instead of getting safety training, the four dozen workers found themselves under arrest as illegal immigrants from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Ukraine.


10 posted on 07/24/2005 7:45:34 PM PDT by Happy2BMe (Viva La MIGRA - LONG LIVE THE BORDER PATROL!)
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To: Happy2BMe
Yeah, so?

Either show up, and be deported if you're illegal; or, don't show up, and be fired irregardless of status.

The only ones "getting heat" should be the willing employers, and their enablers...and maybe the ones getting hot about it.
11 posted on 07/25/2005 12:48:37 AM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more work horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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