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Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey on occupational injury among older workers in the United States.

Authors
Landen-DD; Hendricks-SA
Source
Scand J Work, Environ & Health 1992 Jun; 18(Suppl 2):18-20
NIOSHTIC No.
00209501
Abstract
Work related injury rates among workers over the age of 50 years in the United States were estimated using data from the National Health Interview Survey. The Survey interviewed 30,074 persons. Injuries to the older workers were compared to those reported for workers between the ages of 30 and 49 years. The injury rates for workers over the age of 50 years were generally lower than rates for workers aged 30 to 49 years. Women working in blue collar occupations were the exception with the injury rates here among the older females being higher than among the younger women or men over the age of 50 years. The authors suggest that both the lower rate of injury among the older workers and the lower proportion of adverse effects may be due to less frequent exposure to energy hazards in the work environment among older workers. Workers with seniority can often choose jobs in safer environments. Older workers may also represent a selected group of healthy workers who have survived in the workforce due to their ability to work safely.
Keywords
NIOSH-Author; Age-factors; Worker-health; Sex-factors; Epidemiology; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-statistics; Work-environment
CODEN
SWEHDO
Publication Date
19920601
Document Type
Journal Article
Fiscal Year
1992
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0355-3140
Source Name
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
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