Asian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Workers Accounted for 3 Percent of 2017 Fatal Work Injuries: BLS

The occupation with the most Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders killed from 2013 to 2017 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers. The next two occupations with the most killed were first-line supervisors of retail sales workers and cashiers.

There were 161 fatal work injuries in the United States during 2017 to Asian, native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander workers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics noted May 24. These workers accounted for about 3 percent of the 5,147 fatal work injuries that year.

And the 2017 total was above the average number of occupational deaths for this group of workers. From 2013 to 2017, 725 Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders were killed at work, an average of 145 per year.

According to the post on BLS' The Economics Daily, only 13 percent of these workers were born in the United States. India, the United States, China, and Vietnam were the four most frequent countries of birth for these workers.

The occupation with the most Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders killed from 2013 to 2017 was heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers, with 92 (13 percent of the total). The next two occupations with the most killed were first-line supervisors of retail sales workers, with 77 (11 percent), and cashiers, with 62 (9 percent). The data come from the Injuries, Illness, and Fatalities program. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries collects information on the race, ethnicity, country of birth, and other characteristics of workers who are fatally injured on the job. The data on Asians, native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders do not include workers also identified as Hispanic or Latino.

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