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Worker demographics changing

As baby boomers age in South Carolina and around the country, an increasing number are choosing to remain in the workforce for longer periods of time. This means that the workforce is also growing older overall. By 2022, researchers estimate that about 25 percent of the workforce will be made up of workers who are age 55 or older.

The aging workforce means several things from a workplace safety perspective. One good thing is that older workers are less likely than their younger peers to suffer from a workplace illness or injury, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS. The overall workplace injury and occupational illness rate for older workers - those of the age of 65 or older - in 2014 was 94.2 per 10,000, as compared to the overall injury rate for workers in general of 107 per 10,000 workers. The BLS believes this is due to the fact that older workers have more emotional maturity and are more likely to be cautious at work.

While overall rates of injury are lower for older workers, they are approximately twice as likely to suffer injuries from slips and falls. The BLS indicates this is due to balance problems that happen with age. When an older worker is injured on the job, the injury is likely to be more severe and require a longer recovery time than that of a younger worker.

The study demonstrates the need for employers to take into account the age of their workforce to make safety adjustments. They may need to implement safety training programs that encourage all workers to be as cautious as older ones are. To prevent slips and falls, employers may want to install floor surfaces that provide more grip and make certain their employees have shoes with good tread. In the meantime, a person who has been injured on the job might want to meet with a workers' compensation lawyer to determine the procedure for filing a claim for benefits.

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