October 25, 2016

Putting off retirement shouldn't be a death sentence

Rebecca L. Reindel, AFL-CIO

Working people are working longer to support themselves and their families. And they are paying for it. Today, one in five workers are 65 years or older and are at greatest risk of fatalities and injuries due to falls, slips and trips. But a rule proposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration would strengthen protections and prevent falls, slips and trips caused by workplace hazards.

What does this mean for their health and safety on the job?

Aging workers are at increased risk of dying on the job. In 2014, 35% of all work-related fatalities occurred in workers 55 years or older; and the fatality rate among workers 65 years or older was more than three times the rate of the overall workforce. This is the first time the fatality rate for older workers increased in eight years and disproportionately affects blue-collar workers. ... more

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