Thursday, March 23, 2006

Safety Catalyst: Boosting Safety With an Aging Work Force

Dealing with an aging workforce ...

"Gallup polls project a 73 percent increase of 55-and-older workers by 2020, in part because people are waiting longer to retire. For safety strategists, it's critical to plan for the impacts of an aging work force.

The negative: Older workers can be more skeptical about learning and change and reportedly tend to have more severe and expensive injuries, often soft-tissue in nature.

The positive: More experienced workers generally have fewer numbers of injuries and can be ready and willing to learn practical skills to protect themselves – if demonstrated to their satisfaction. Arguably, Baby Boomers know, darn shame, they are no longer 10 feet tall, bulletproof or forever young."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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