Estimates from the National Health Interview Survey on occupational injury among older workers in the United States.
Scand J Work, Environ & Health 1992 Jun; 18(Suppl 2):18-20
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.
NIOSH-Author; Age-factors; Worker-health; Sex-factors; Epidemiology; Safety-research; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-statistics; Work-environment
Dr DD Landen, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Division of Safety Research, Analysis and Field Evaluations Branch, 944 Chestnut Ridge Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health