Recent findings from the Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital shows that foreign-born workers in the US have a lower rate of sustaining non-fatal work injuries than their US-born counterparts. However, foreign-born workers tended to sustain more serious injuries that require hospitalization and at least 6-days off from work.
The study, funded by U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and published in the latest edition of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, also took a look at non-fatal work injuries as a whole. The highest rate of work-related injuries for both foreign-born workers and US-born workers occurred in the construction agriculture, forestry, manufacturing, and fisheries industries. For both US-born workers and workers born outside the US, the two most common causes of work-related injuries were fall accidents and injuries caused by overexertion.
Dr. Huiayan Xiang, the lead investigator at Center for Injury Research and Policy of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, has noted how important it is address the safety issues facing foreign-born workers so occupational safety guidelines could be developed to help decrease their work injury accidents.
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics:
• Foreign-born workers make up 15.7% of the US civilian labor force.
• In 2007, there were 24 million foreign-born workers employed in this country.
The US Department of Labor defines “foreign-born” as people living in the United States who were born outside the country to parents who were not US citizens. Foreign-born workers include legal immigrants, temporary workers, other temporary residents, refugees, and illegal immigrants.
Regardless of your citizenship, if you are a worker injured in Illinois or anywhere else in the United States, there is a good chance that you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Workplace Injury Rates Lower for Foreign-born Workers, Study Finds, Insurance Journal, December 24, 2008
Labor Force Characteristics of Foreign-Born Workers Summary, US Department of Labor, March 26, 2008
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