Guess Which Groups Have The Highest Risk Of Workplace Injury?

No, it’s not lawyers – they just have the highest risk of depression.

A new study from USC has found that Hispanic immigrants have the highest workplace injury rate, followed by African American men, even after “education and other demographic characteristics” are taken into account.

As to disability rates, the highest risk group is African American men between the ages of 50 and 64.  Older whites have the lowest disability rate.

The lead author said that “Disparities in economic opportunities for minorities lead them to take more hazardous jobs that raise their risk of injury and disability.”

As a news article noted, “The researchers did not identify the underlying causes of the disparities, but discrimination has been a factor in poor worker safety throughout history. … more than 40 years ago [it was found that] steel workers who were black were assigned to work the top-side of the coke ovens, and were consequently exposed to high levels of cancer-causing emissions.”

“The researchers listed possible factors that may contribute to disparities in work-related injuries, such as a bias in assigning minority workers to the riskiest tasks, or discrimination in hiring and promotion.”


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Richard Cohen

Richard B. Cohen is a partner in the New York City office of FisherBroyles, LLP, a national law firm. Richard Cohen has litigated and arbitrated complex corporate, commercial and employment disputes for more than 35 years, and is a trusted advisor to business owners and in-house counsel both in the United States and internationally. His clients have included Fortune 100 companies, domestic and foreign commercial and investment banks, Pacific-rim corporations and real estate development companies, as well as start-up businesses throughout the United States. Email Richard at [email protected]