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Workplace injuries and the aging workforce

Many California residents and others around the country often begin their retirement years around age 65, following many years on their jobs. A record number of retirees is anticipated in the nation as baby boomers reach the traditional retirement age. However, a growing group in that demographic will continue working - some because they have to and others because they choose to do so. Unfortunately, there is a risk of an increased number of workplace injuries for those in this age group.

The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reports that the rate of injuries occurring on the job is roughly the same for older and younger employees. The problem arises in the workforce when the older employees often need a longer time for recovery than younger workers. Experts believe that many companies have not fully addressed safety processes as they pertain to an aging workforce.

The National Center for Productive Aging and Work stresses that prevention of accidents on the job is key. It is critical to ensure that there are adequate lighting, acceptable noise levels and appropriate ergonomics for every age group of employees. It is vital to keep employees safe on the job so that they are available to do their assigned jobs and not be absent due to illness or injury.

Many companies have instituted wellness programs to promote general health and fitness. Some include gym memberships and stress management initiatives. The Health Promotion Journal reports that programs like this are often instrumental in keeping medical costs, injuries and absenteeism down.

There are numerous California companies that have extensive safety programs in place. However, no matter how comprehensive the programs are, workplace injuries can still occur. When a person has been injured on the job, he or she has the right to receive certain benefits. A trusted workers' compensation lawyer can help clients receive the benefits to which they are entitled.

Source: dglobe.com, "Aging workforce highlights workplace safety: Companies need to adapt as more employees stay on the job past 65", Brooks Johnson, Feb. 3, 2018

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