An aging workforce and injury in the construction industry.
Schwatka NV; Butler LM; Rosecrance JR
Epidemiol Rev 2012 Jan; 34(1):156-167
The relatively large birth cohort between 1946 and 1964, combined with the economic recession in the first decade of the 21st century, have led to an increase in the proportion of older workers in the US workplace. Understanding the health and safety needs of an aging workforce will be critical, especially in the construction industry, where physical job demands are high. This paper reviews the epidemiologic literature on the impact of age on injury among workers in the construction industry in terms of cause, type, and cost. PubMed was searched by using the following terms: older workers, construction, construction industry, injury, and age. The available studies reported that, among the construction industry workforce, older age at injury was related to higher injury costs but not to number of injuries. The higher injury costs associated with worker age are likely due in part to the severity of the injuries sustained by older workers. Identification of injury trends and subsequent analytical research efforts designed to ascertain factors associated with injury among older construction workers are needed for employers to effectively manage a health and safety program that addresses the needs of the aging worker.
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Age-factors; Injuries; Employee-health; Epidemiology; Injury-prevention; Physical-capacity; Accident-potential; Sociological-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs;
Author Keywords: accident prevention; aging; facility design and construction; work; workers' compensation; wounds and injuries
Natalie V. Schwatka, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, 1681 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Cooperative Agreement; Grant; Construction
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009762; Grant-Number-T42-OH-009229; B02292012
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland