Workplace safety and age

Texas workers should know that a person’s age is not as much of a factor as it used to be when it pertains to being employed. This is attributed to the fact that an increasing number of workers are postponing their retirement. According to the Pew Research Center, the percentage of people in the United States who are 65 years or older and who work either full-time of part-time jumped from 12.8 percent in May 2000 to 18.8 percent in May 2016.


The belief that one has to or is able to retire at 60 or 65 years of age is no longer valid. In fact, there are workers who are 70 or 75 years of age, some of whom are in hazardous industrial positions.


Because workers are remaining employed longer, there is a wider range of age demographics. It includes workers from four different generations who provide varying cultures, foundations of knowledge and levels of experience in the workforce.


Safety professionals are tasked with delivering messages that can relate to the diverse workforce, no matter how old the workers are. However, there are some age-related trends of which they should be aware.Consideration must be given to methods for reducing the chances of injury that can result from changes in physical ability or health due to aging. Technological aptitude is another factor that safety professionals have to keep in mind as younger workers tend to be more comfortable with digital technology than older workers.


People who sustain a workplace injury may have legal recourse. An attorney could assist with preparing and filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and might determine whether the filing of a third-party lawsuit may be appropriate.

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