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Workplace Related Fatality Rate Higher for Older Workers

by Jared Staver in Workers' Compensation, Wrongful Death

A recent study by the Associated Press found that although the rate of workplace fatalities is decreasing, older workers are losing their lives on the job at a higher rate than others.

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Associated Press Findings

It is alarming that there is a higher fatality rate for older workers as it’s common for baby boomers to continue working past 65, the traditional retirement age. There are estimates by the U.S. government stating that older workers will account for 25 percent of the labor market by 2024.

Ken Scott, an epidemiologist with the Denver Public Health Department, explained that aging and the physical changes that come with it might make a workplace injury more severe or fatal. Older workers are living with vision and hearing challenges, reduced reaction times, balance issues, chronic conditions, and a variety of other problems that can turn a simple injury into a more serious one.

In the year 2015, workers ages 55 and older accounted for approximately 35 percent of total fatal workplace accidents.

Common Types of Fatal Workplace Accidents for Older Workers

After determining the high fatality rate for older workers, the Associated Press conducted further research to determine the most common types of workplace accidents that led to fatalities in older workers. They studied data between 2011 and 2015 and discovered the following:

  • Fall-related deaths increased by 20 percent.
  • Deaths related to transportation rose by 25 percent.
  • Fatalities that were caused by explosions and fires decreased by eight percent.
  • Contact with equipment and objects grew by 17 percent.

Additionally, the Associated Press uncovered that the number of older workers during the 2011 to 2015 time frame increased by 37 percent, compared to the six percent overall workforce growth.

Legal Options After an Older Worker’s Death

If your loved one passed away in a job-related accident, you might be able to file a workers’ compensation claim.

A workers’ compensation claim may help you collect compensation for your loved one’s medical expenses, lost wages, and funeral and burial costs. In the event your loved one was not supported by workers’ compensation and negligence played a role in their death, a wrongful death claim may be an option for you.

Contact Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. for a Free Consultation

If you have lost a loved one because of a workplace accident, don’t hesitate to contact a workplace injury lawyer at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. today. We will stay by your side throughout the entire legal process.

Contact us at (312) 236-2900 for a free, no-obligation consultation.