for older workers,
The Game Has Changed
A Propensity for Severe, Expensive Injuries?
By Kevin Ring
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 Na-
tional Council on Compensation In-
surance (NCCI) has cast doubt on this
conventional wisdom, or at the very least
potentially changed the definition of
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 star-
what does this 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