Will risks to older workers change in the 21st century?
Hum Ecol Risk Assess 2001 Dec; 7(7):1885-1894
Workers aged 65 and older face different risks than those in younger age groups. The occupational fatality rate for this group (13.6 per 100,000 workers) during 1980-1995 was almost three times greater than the rate for workers aged 16 to 64. This study projects the traumatic occupational fatality experience for the ten occupations with the largest number of occupational fatalities for workers 65 years and older. Although the occupational fatality rate for workers 65 years and older is projected to decrease from 12.5 in 1995 to 11.5 in year 2008, the number of occupational fatalities for his group is projected to increase from 459 in 1995 to 518 in year 2008. The overall proportion of occupational fatalities experienced by workers in the 65 years and older age group is expected to increase from 7% in 1995 to 10% in 2008. To assist in developing the most effective intentions, the five leading external causes of death associated with these fatalities were estimated for year 2008. With the aging of the American workforce, more research is needed in areas concerned with protecting older workers from injury.
Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Age-factors; Age-groups; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Statistical-analysis
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, MS H1811, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888
Hum Ecol Risk Assess