More Injuries Among Older Workers In NevadaFiled under Personal Injury
One of the consequences of a poor economy has been that elderly workers are required to worker later into their golden years. With retirements benefits depleted and the uncertainty of the stock market, many elderly Americans have decided to postpone retirement and continue working. Of course, the aging process cannot be postponed and so elderly workers are more susceptible to on-the-job injuries.
According to a report commissioned by the United States Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), workers above the age of 55 will account for approximately a quarter (25%) of the workforce by the year 2018. Unless work environments are kept safe, injuries to older workers will mount. “There is an urgent need for us to look at the safety and health needs of older workers, because they are growing. Employers and others should take steps to help protect the older worker,” said CDC report co-author Dawn N. Castillo of the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Apart from workplace injuries, Federal researchers have also found that work-related highway traffic accidents were the leading cause of fatalities for both workers and the general population. According to a report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, approximately 8,173 workers died in highway accidents inthe United States between 2003 and 2008. A high percentage of these accidents involved truckers killed in semi-truck accidents, including jackknifing.