Older workers tend to experience fewer workplace injuries than younger workers, according to NIOSH. However, the injuries they do experience can be detrimental and may require more time to heal. Incidents affecting older workers can even be fatal.
Employers should make sure that they are keeping older workers safe by using the following tips:
• Matching tasks to abilities: If an older worker has physical limitations, tasks should be assigned to them that do not require a strain on them.
• Hazards should be managed: Employers should consider whether conditions that might not be hazardous for younger workers could pose problems for older workers.
• Considering Ergonomics: It’s important that employers provide and design work environments that address ergonomic concerns.
• Train Supervisors: Supervisors should be trained on the issues associated with an aging workforce and the best ways to address them.