Language barriers can present real threats to worker safety, particularly in certain industries that employ a larger share of non-native English speakers.
Only 57% of U.S. agricultural workers in 2019 were born in this country, including Puerto Rico, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. One-quarter of construction workers in 2020 were foreign-born.
Occupations in these industries can be among the most dangerous. Language barriers that prevent effective communication about safe work practices present a significant problem for achieving workplace safety. Training Your Non-English-Speaking Employees in Safety
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