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Risk factors for occupational injuries among older workers: an analysis of the health and retirement study.

Authors
Zwerling-C; Sprince-NL; Wallace-RB; Davis-CS; Whitten-PS; Heeringa-SG
Source
Am J Publ Health 1996 Sep; 86(9):1306-1309
NIOSHTIC No.
20024271
Abstract
This study examined risk factors for occupational injury among older workers. We analyzed data on 6854 employed nonfarmers from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a population-based sample of Americans 51 through 61 years old. Occupational injuries were associated with the following: the occupations of mechanics and repairers (odds ratio [OR] = 2.27), service personnel (OR = 1.68), and laborers (OR = 2.18); jobs requiring heavy lifting (OR = 2.75); workers' impaired hearing (OR = 1.60) and impaired vision (OR = 1.53); and jobs requiring good vision (OR = 1.43). Self-employment was associated with fewer injuries (OR = 0.47). These results emphasize the importance of a good match between job demands and worker capabilities.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Injuries; Risk-factors; Age-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Workers; Job-analysis; Risk-analysis; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Craig Zwerling, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Iowa Prevention Research Center, 100 Oakdale Campus, 124 AMRF, Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
19960901
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
160685
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1996
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000150
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0090-0036
Priority Area
Investigation of Adverse Effects
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
IA; MI
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, School of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
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