OSHA's annual SafetyFest of the West, being held today and tomorrow in Denver, is offering job safety training workshops in English and Spanish, reflecting the agency's growing focus on reaching out to Spanish-speaking workers. Department of Labor spokesman Rich Kulczewski said the bilingual training is partly in response to the fact that "a lot of accidents are happening because of communication problems." A 2003 Associated Press investigation found that on average, Mexican-born workers are 80% more likely to die on the job than U.S.-born workers, partly because of improper training due to language barriers.

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