It may not take a study to show that some jobs are inherently dangerous. Most people in New York can probably guess that construction, farming and truck driving are among jobs that claim the most lives across the country. Jobs that include working from heights, exposure to harsh chemicals or operating heavy equipment are usually categorized among the most risky. However, new research shows that work injuries can also be categorized by race and ethnicity.
For example, roofing, the occupation with the highest fatality rate, has a workforce that is predominantly Latino in many areas of the country. African Americans also suffer more workplace injuries than average, including in the roofing industry. To roofers and other construction workers, injuries are so common that many are not reported. The study suggests that all high-risk workers need more safety training and improved standards of safety.