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Safety experts urge employers to consider aging workforce

Employers in Maryland may have noticed the nationwide trend of an aging workforce. Some safety experts see this as a cause for concern because slips and falls represent the second-leading cause of on-the-job deaths. Since older workers are more prone to such injuries, safety experts are suggesting that employers increase their efforts to identify hazards and reduce the likelihood of falls in the workplace.

According to researchers at the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employers can expect a dramatic increase in the number of older employees. The presence of people ages 55 to 64 in workplaces should increase by 36.5 percent. Companies can expect an 83.4 percent increase in workers between the ages of 65 and 74. Researchers have calculated a similar increase of 84.3 percent among workers 75 and older. Meanwhile, people between the ages of 16 and 24 can expect their numbers among workers to decrease by 6.7 percent.

Preventing falls could be accomplished by first looking for and removing trip hazards. If a hazard cannot be removed, then employers should create ample warning about its existence. Safety managers should enhance the visibility of hazards with reflective colors. Hazards include places where the surface material or level changes and poorly lit areas.

When a worker falls on the job, the person may experience injuries that require medical care and time off of work. Workers' compensation insurance provided by employers is meant to compensate people who experience workplace injuries. When a person hurt at work has trouble getting information about these benefits, an attorney could help by fulfilling accident reporting requirements and filling out paperwork for the insurance company.

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