Boosting Safety With an Aging Work Force

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Getting older isn’t necessarily pretty, but it definitely beats the alternative.

by Robert Pater

Gallup polls project a 73 percent increase of 55-and-older workers by 2020, in part because people are waiting longer to retire. For safety strategists, it’s critical to plan for the impacts of an aging work force.

The negative: Older workers can be more skeptical about learning and change and reportedly tend to have more severe and expensive injuries, often soft-tissue in nature.

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