Aging Baby Boomers Drive Changes to Workplace Safety Programs
People are living longer and retiring later, creating a workforce that brings deep knowledge and experience to the job—along with a higher propensity for injury.
A new report by professional services firm, Lockton, reviews the trends and shows how companies can protect aging employees and minimize the risk of costly workplace injuries.
Authored by Lockton’s Bill Spiers, the report, A Safety Tsunami: The Baby Boomer Effect on Workers’ Compensation, includes an analysis of injuries and cost by age group and explains the specific measures a company can take to keep aging workers safe on the job.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor & Statistics, by 2030, one in four workers will be older than 55.
Aging affects human performance and recovery time, which explains why older workers experience a high number of strains and sprains in manual labor jobs, and why workers’ compensation costs rise as the workforce ages.
Even so, companies value the skills and experience of older employees.
“The aging workforce is a valuable asset for companies, provided they take measures to protect the safety of these employees,” Spiers says.
In his report, he offers aging workforce safety strategies that include the ergonomic assessment of job duties, reassignment, flexible schedules, and a wellness program focused on strength and flexibility.
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