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Dallas Work Accident Lawyer – Compared to All other Age Groups Combined, Older Workers Dying at a Higher Rate

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Albert Harris and his Coconut Shy at Cambridge.

Albert Harris and his Coconut Shy at Cambridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Workplace fatality statistics are reflecting a decrease in overall fatalities and yet a significant increase in workplace deaths among older people. With a trend in which baby boomers are working well beyond the typical retirement age of 65, these on-the-job fatalities create an alarming picture of what’s to come. For instance, approximately 35% of deadly on-the-job accidents involved workers age 55 and older or 1,681 of the approximately 4,800 workplace fatalities reported across the nation.

According to gerontologists, physical changes that occur as we age can lead to higher risks of being injured at work. For example, gradual changes include chronic bone or muscle problems such as arthritis, reduced response time, balance issues, hearing impairment, and worsening vision. A public health department epidemiologist says advanced age can make a workplace accident into a much more serious or fatal injury.

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Census for Fatal Occupational Injuries was analyzed by the Associated Press (AP). The number and types of workplace accidents in which workers of advanced ages died between 2011 to 2015, when accidents began being categorized differently, shows the following:

  • An increase of 20% in fall-related fatalities
  • An increase of 17% in fatalities caused by contact with equipment and objects
  • An increase of 15% in deadly transportation accidents
  • A decrease of 8% in fires and explosions

In most states, older workers experience fatal on-the-job accidents at a much higher rate than other age groups.

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