Saf Health Work.  2015 Jun;6(2):151-155. 10.1016/j.shaw.2015.02.002.

Aging Workers and Trade-Related Injuries in the US Construction Industry

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  • 1Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, Center for Occupational Safety and Ergonomics Research, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI, USA. chois@uww.edu

Abstract

The study was designed to identify any trends of injury type as it relates to the age and trade of construction workers. The participants for this study included any individual who, while working on a heavy and highway construction project in the Midwestern United States, sustained an injury during the specified time frame of when the data were collected. During this period, 143 injury reports were collected. The four trade/occupation groups with the highest injury rates were laborers, carpenters, iron workers, and operators. Data pertaining to injuries sustained by body part in each age group showed that younger workers generally suffered from finger/hand/wrist injuries due to cuts/lacerations and contusion, whereas older workers had increased sprains/strains injuries to the ankle/foot/toes, knees/lower legs, and multiple body parts caused by falls from a higher level or overexertion. Understanding these trade-related tasks can help present a more accurate depiction of the incident and identify trends and intervention methods to meet the needs of the aging workforce in the industry.

Keyword

aging workforce; construction; injury; occupation; work safety
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