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NIOSH Research on Aging Workers

NIOSH supports studies on job safety and health for aging workers. You can find information about them by searching NIOSHTIC-2, a database of occupational safety and health publications supported in whole or in part by NIOSH. NIOSHTIC-2 contains nearly 45,000 citations.

Examples of these studies include:

Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses among older workers, United States, 2009
The report summarizes occupational safety issues affecting older workers, including findings on lost workdays and rates of falls on the same level, fractures and hip injuries.

Work organization and health in an aging workforce: observations from the NIOSH Quality of Work Life Survey
The study suggests that older and younger workers face similar risks posed by the organization of work, although it expresses caution in interpreting the findings.

US data on the characteristics and health associations of older workers
The study used data from a 2002 national survey to look at work arrangements, health outcomes, and job stress among older workers.

Age, work limitations and physical functioning among construction roofers
This study examined the role of aging and work limitations, chronic medical and muscle-bone conditions, and physical functioning.

Factors associated with retirement-related job lock in older workers with recent occupational injury
The study of workers 55 and older with work-related injuries examined their inability to leave a job due to financial or benefits needs ("job lock").

Occupational Highway Transportation Deaths among Workers Aged 55 Years United States, 2003-2010

This MMWR report examined highway transportation deaths amongst older workers (aged 55-64, and >65 years) compared to rates amongst workers aged 18-54.

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