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For Older Workers, The Game Has Changed: Part 1

The workforce is getting older. People are retiring later in life than ever before. This trend has been a major concern for those in the health and safety field because the common knowledge has been that older workers are more prone to suffer very expensive injuries. However, new research from the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) has cast doubt on this conventional wisdom, or at the very least potentially changed the definition of “older workers."                    

NCCI studied different age groups and the rate at which they get injured. They found younger workers (under 35) had substantially more cuts on their fingers and older workers (over 35) suffer more cases of carpal tunnel and more cervical injuries, although the numbers are startlingly similar. 

Workers between the ages of 20 and 24 create much lower costs (and fewer days out), but once workers reach 35, the costs of their injuries are very similar. What does this all mean? To start with, it now largely redefines an “older worker” as someone who grew up listening to Pearl Jam instead of Elvis. This means that someone over 35, not just someone belonging to the traditional “over 65” group, is now being classified as an “older worker.” It should also prompt agents to help businesses strongly focus on the things that can reduce injury costs for everyone. 

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