According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal injury rates for workers 45 and over were 8.8 per 100,000 in 2014. This, was well above the average rate. For workers 55 and older, fatal injuries rose 9% from 2013. The increase in fatal injuries is a reflection of the aging workforce that is delaying retirement because it has become increasingly difficult to afford. This is particularly risky for those older workers in blue-collar industries like construction and transportation. Nearly 20% of all injuries in 2014 came from private construction, where physical labor is often required.
So what can the industry do to keep their aging workforce safe? Companies are taking steps such as assessing worker responsibilities based on a worker’s capabilities and retraining their aging workforce in other areas.