This topic page addresses challenges and strategies in workplace safety and health respective to aging workers.
Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers aged =65 years (1). To characterize older workers at highest risk, CDC analyzed data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) for the period 2003–2010 (2) and compared occupational highway transportation deaths among workers aged 55–64 years and =65 years with those among workers aged 18–54 years.
Elevated occupational transportation fatalities among older workers in Oregon: an empirical investigationhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23357034
Older workers have an elevated risk of being killed on the job, and transportation incidents involving vehicles or mobile machinery are especially deadly for this group. The present study was designed to address the research gap in understanding contributing factors to these incidents and recommend evidence-based guidelines for interventions.
This study extends the 2011 NCCI analysis and finds additional similarities between the 35-and-older-age cohorts. The paper starts by comparing the share of claims by diagnosis and age cohort resulting from permanent partial, temporary total, and medical-only injuries. It goes on to identify the factors that account for the observed increases in severities over time for various age cohorts.
this Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicated that, based on employer reports, an estimated 210,830 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses among older workers in 2009 resulted in lost workdays.
CROET Symposium: Managing the Aging Workforce – Implications for Workplace Stress, Health, Safety and Performance (online materials)(updated 1/6/10)http://www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/croet/outreach/managing-the-aging-workforce.cfm
Copies of presentations from this CROET/PSU Symposium on Managing the Aging Workforce held on October 30, 2009 are available here.Includes recently added extensive bibliography listed as "Access Extensive Bibliography & Resource Page."
With Americans living longer they are also working longer, making older workers an invaluable part of any company. They bring wisdom, knowledge and experience
There has been a pronounced increase in the US of the number of chronologically-gifted workers. Some experts believe this increase represents an emerging trend in workforce demographics in the 21st century. A panel, including NIOSH Director Dr. John Howard, will discuss the rise of aging workers in the workforce and examine ways to protect them.
This issue of OSH Answers addresses issues related to aging workers, such as specific health and safety concerns, what physical changes occur, and more.