CDC Study Finds Injuries Among Older Workers is Increasing

In a new report, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that injuries among workers ages 55 and older increased from 12 percent in 2003 to 17 percent in the latest tracking, according to a report in HealthDay.

More and more Americans are choosing to work later in life and the injury rate overall is roughly the same as younger workers; however older workers have an increased risk for falls from ladders and stairs that can lead to hip fractures and other injuries. The workers surveyed were employed by all types of businesses from retail stores to industrial and service workers.

In 2009, the report found there were 210,830 injuries on the job, along with illnesses such as chronic back pain which resulted in lost workdays. It’s estimated by the CDC that up to one-quarter of the workforce will be older by 2018 and the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says that forecast means employers need to accommodate and protect older workers. The bit of good news is that industrial injuries among older workers actually decreased with age.

The Farah & Farah law firm encourages employers to make the workplace a safe place. Avoid injuries by installing slip-resistant flooring, and with more than 8,000 employees killed in work-related traffic accidents between 2003 and 2008, employers should make safety on the road a priority encouraging the use of safe driving, following the speed limit, using a safety belt, and discouraging use of distracting devices such as cell phones.

If you are a worker in Florida and suffer an injury or illness while at work, and are finding it difficult to receive the compensation you need for healthcare costs, call the Florida workers’ compensation lawyers at Farah & Farah today. For many years, we have protected the rights of injured workers and can help you understand the legal options available to you. Call our law offices today for a free consultation to get started.