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Immigrant,Latino Construction Workers at Bigger Risk of Death from Falls
AFL-CIO ^ | 11/15/2013 | Mike Hall

Posted on 11/16/2013 2:22:59 PM PST by mdittmar

A disproportionate number of Latinos and immigrants are disproportionately killed in fall accidents in New York, according to a new study by the Center for Popular Democracy, because they work in construction in relatively high numbers; are concentrated in smaller, nonunion firms; and are over-represented in the contingent labor pool.

According to Fatal Inequality: Workplace Safety Eludes Construction Workers of Color in New York State:

Latino construction workers said they feared retaliation from their employers if they raised concerns about safety conditions. The report also points to an underfunded and understaffed OSHA and penalties for safety violations that are “so small that employers can see them as just an incidental cost of doing business.”   

The report warns that matters could get worse because the construction and insurance industries are proposing an amendment to weaken the state’s Scaffold Law, which requires owners and contractors to provide appropriate and necessary equipment, such as safe hoists, ladders and scaffolds. The law holds owners and contractors fully liable if their failure to follow the law causes a worker to be injured or killed. It would shift responsibility for workplace safety from owners and contractors, who control site safety, to workers, who do not.


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I would hate to live in New York,sounds like an illegal immigrant could fall on your head.
1 posted on 11/16/2013 2:22:59 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

More illegal hiring results in more illegals sustaining injuries.


2 posted on 11/16/2013 2:24:59 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: mdittmar

“Latino construction workers said they feared retaliation from their employers if they raised concerns about safety conditions.”

Or, more likely feared deportation...


3 posted on 11/16/2013 2:25:22 PM PST by kcvl
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To: mdittmar

A disproportionate number of Latinos and immigrants are disproportionately killed.

How can you be “disproportionately killed”

Nice word-smithing there.


4 posted on 11/16/2013 2:27:04 PM PST by calljack (Sometimes your worst nightmare is just a start.)
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To: mdittmar

Simple. Deport them all. Problem solved.


5 posted on 11/16/2013 2:31:35 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: calljack

Apparently, they’re killed deader than whites who are killed.


6 posted on 11/16/2013 2:32:44 PM PST by Bob
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To: mdittmar

“A disproportionate number of Latinos and immigrants are disproportionately killed in disproportionate fall accidents in New York, according to a new study by the Center for Popular Disproportionate Democracy, because they work disproportionately in construction in disproportionately high numbers; are disproportionately concentrated in smaller, nonunion firms; and are over-disproportionately represented in the contingent labor pool.”


7 posted on 11/16/2013 2:32:53 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: mdittmar

“86% of Latinos and immigrants killed in falls from an elevation in the state were working for nonunion employers.”

That’s the root of the story: unionize or you’ll fall, ese’.


8 posted on 11/16/2013 2:33:09 PM PST by max americana (fired liberals in our company last election, and I laughed while they cried (true story))
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9 posted on 11/16/2013 2:34:13 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: mdittmar

“...because they work in construction in relatively high numbers; are concentrated in smaller, nonunion firms; and are over-represented in the contingent labor pool.”

Gee. I would have expected they would fall due to losing their balance, or tripping, or even being pushed, or something like that.


10 posted on 11/16/2013 2:35:40 PM PST by paint_your_wagon
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To: mdittmar

They cant speak English. They are a danger to themselves and everyone around them. They cant communicate dangers to others or themselves.

Pet peeve


11 posted on 11/16/2013 2:36:19 PM PST by winodog
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To: mdittmar

I’m sure Bill de Blasio is working on a solution to this terrible tragedy caused by the evil free market.


12 posted on 11/16/2013 2:39:43 PM PST by NewHampshireDuo
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To: mdittmar

We should pass a law that requires one union construction worker to be killed for each non union “immigrant” construction worker that is killed, that would be fair.


13 posted on 11/16/2013 2:39:59 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: mdittmar

All the more reason to send them home! AMF!


14 posted on 11/16/2013 2:40:08 PM PST by Feckless (I was trained by the US << This Tagline Censored by FR >> ain't that irOnic?)
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To: mdittmar

You have to get the right immigrants. The Iroquois from Quebec had no trouble working high up.


15 posted on 11/16/2013 2:41:23 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: mdittmar

Maybe it’s because they don’t understand English, as in, “Look out!!”


16 posted on 11/16/2013 2:44:19 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: mdittmar

If white people were disproportionately dying this way, would you be lamenting it in a weepy article? No? Then shut the F up!


17 posted on 11/16/2013 2:45:10 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: mdittmar

So?


18 posted on 11/16/2013 2:48:03 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: mdittmar

yeah and?!?!?!?..................


19 posted on 11/16/2013 2:48:12 PM PST by ronnie raygun
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To: Still Thinking

A friend of mine that runs a gutter installation company has told me he’s watched roofers here in Texas where a guy straight from Mexico brand new on the job intentionally walk off the roof in order to break something and claim some kind of compensation. That kind of thinking certainly plays a part in this idiocy.


20 posted on 11/16/2013 2:48:40 PM PST by Sheapdog (Chew the meat, spit out the bones - FUBO - Come and get me)
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To: Navy Patriot

We should pass a law that Unions are banned.


21 posted on 11/16/2013 2:51:43 PM PST by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Culturally immigrant Latinos have never been exposed to the idea of safety in the workplace.


22 posted on 11/16/2013 2:52:52 PM PST by Clean_Sweep
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To: winodog
Kinda but mostly they suffer from poor hazard recognition and the willingness to just half-ass stuff.
23 posted on 11/16/2013 2:56:20 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: mdittmar

Women and children wetback construction workers hardest hit.


24 posted on 11/16/2013 2:56:47 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: mdittmar
In New York City, 74% of victims of fatal falls were Latinos and immigrants.

I would hazard to guess that these numbers are not that far out of line with the percentage OF Latino or immigrant workers in construction - PERIOD.

25 posted on 11/16/2013 3:10:53 PM PST by builder (I don't want a piece of someone else's pie)
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To: kcvl

No, it’s probably simply that there are more of them (both immigrants and general and Hispanics in particular).

I live in the South, and blacks won’t take dangerous jobs in general. Some whites will, but not gladly, and I actually heard one white guy say he wouldn’t take the job as a roofer because it was work for Mexicans.

This was after he had quit and gone back on welfare after literally only two days ripping up shingles.


26 posted on 11/16/2013 3:11:09 PM PST by livius
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To: CaptainK

Yep, at 15-20 dollars an hour. Doing the work Americans wont’ do.


27 posted on 11/16/2013 3:13:57 PM PST by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: mdittmar
Gravity is racist
28 posted on 11/16/2013 3:14:46 PM PST by CounterCounterCulture
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To: CounterCounterCulture

Yep. Everything is racist, even nature


29 posted on 11/16/2013 3:17:29 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: mdittmar

The unions should be providing their illegals with instructional classes about how gravity works and demand that when they show up drunk for work, they be given a job to do that is closer to the ground.


30 posted on 11/16/2013 3:19:37 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Repeal ObamaScam NOW!!!)
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To: mdittmar

Solution: Drink more Red Bull. It gives you wings and you can fly back to Mexico or Central America.


31 posted on 11/16/2013 3:21:07 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: mdittmar
and are over-represented in the contingent labor pool

They ARE the contingent labor pool.

-PJ

32 posted on 11/16/2013 3:22:08 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (If you are the Posterity of We the People, then you are a Natural Born Citizen.)
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To: livius

I know a lot of white people who do roofing, including one very feminine looking woman who works with her husband who owns a construction company. She does it all, she stained my cabinets and put up molding in my house. You would never know it just by looking at that cute little petite woman.


33 posted on 11/16/2013 3:26:43 PM PST by kcvl
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To: mdittmar

If following the regulations, they must be tied off at a height of 6 feet.

They are not minding the safety requirements for protective harnesses


34 posted on 11/16/2013 3:36:57 PM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Travon... Felony assault and battery hate crime)
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To: mdittmar

Maybe there’s a macho angle in it, too.

Safety equipment? We ain’t got no safety equipment. We don’t need no safety equipment. I don’t have to show you no stinking safety equipment!


35 posted on 11/16/2013 3:37:31 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What happened to my tagline??)
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To: mdittmar
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Screw it: If they weren't so damned drunk and stoned all the time they might stay on their feet!! Cops HATE end of shift at construction sites because they see the beer bottle/can boxes and they smell the pot on the illegals they pull over. It is a rampant habit in their circles to get drunk and smoke pot immediately after their shift. Go to ANY work site and see the beer trash laying around, stuffed in vents, etc.

36 posted on 11/16/2013 3:45:26 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: mdittmar

Me no sabe. Might be part of the problem.
Or the ever popular yo no se. I don’t understand and I don’t know. Yea, I could see how that would be a problem doing construction or working with power tools./S
I’ve heard that the OSHA thuggery here in North Texas has really started cracking down on home construction sites. No hard hat? $5,000 fine per offender. That will put a framing contractor out of business real quick.
They are also instituting harness safety requirements, and fall prevention training. The guys with illegal, oh sorry, undocumented workers are going to be loosing some of that job profit.


37 posted on 11/16/2013 3:59:59 PM PST by 9422WMR (: " Tolerance is the virtue of a man who has no convictions".)
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To: mad_as_he$$

I have watched many Mexican workers on the job. They think nothing of standing on the top of a ladder or using a 5 gallon bucket as a stool. They seem unable to tell when they are in a dangerous situation.


38 posted on 11/16/2013 4:06:03 PM PST by OldMagazine (You can only do what you can do.)
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To: mdittmar

they can’t speak or understand english that well....they are being paid under the table...they aren’t held to the high standards other Americans are....need I go on?


39 posted on 11/16/2013 4:20:57 PM PST by cherry (.in the time of universal deceit, telling the truth is revolutionary.....)
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To: OldMagazine

Exactly. I also see it every work day.


40 posted on 11/16/2013 4:54:03 PM PST by mad_as_he$$
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To: bert

So, employers who hire illegal labor also don’t conform to 29 CFR 1926?

I’m shocked. Shocked! Speaking of which I bet they don’t use GFCIs either.


41 posted on 11/16/2013 6:03:30 PM PST by SargeK
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To: mdittmar

Would be interesting to see the percentage of those killed in falls who were male.

But that wouldn’t fit the implied discriminxation meme.

You know, this is truly shocking. People who work in fields where it is possible to fall from a height are more likely to die from falls.


42 posted on 11/16/2013 6:34:06 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: onyx

I find #1 highly unlikely. Do you have a referemnce that shows it to be true?


43 posted on 11/16/2013 6:36:00 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: onyx
49 percent were white (non-Hispanic); 26 percent were black or African American; and 20 percent were Hispanic (of any race).

Which makes it likely that % of food stamps going to illegals won't exceed 10% by much, if at all.

http://talk.baltimoresun.com/topic/233992-facts-on-who-really-receives-food-stamps/

44 posted on 11/16/2013 6:45:55 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Breitbart.


45 posted on 11/16/2013 7:56:58 PM PST by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: Sheapdog

Yep, they actually try to get hurt or at least make it look like they got hurt to get worker’s comp. They go out of their way to sue as well and call it winning the American lottery. That is why I get so angry when they are all touted to be upstanding hard working people who do hard/dirty jobs Americans won’t do.


46 posted on 11/16/2013 8:22:06 PM PST by Tammy8
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To: livius

A friend who works as a roofer here in NJ gave me some insight as to why this might be happening. He said the illegals his company hires learn how to use the tools on the job (after feigning they know how to get the jobs). I could see why that could cause plenty of accidents...


47 posted on 11/17/2013 3:45:58 AM PST by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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