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Older workers more vulnerable to a fatal accident on the job

Workplace accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. They occur in many different jobs whether the work is fundamentally risky or considered generally safe. People in Louisiana can suffer injuries and fatalities in an unexpected accident regardless of what kind of work they do. Research and statistics are regularly compiled to determine how and why these accidents happen and to whom they occur. This is also beneficial to a family that has suffered the loss of a loved one at work and is considering a legal filing for compensation. One study has shown that older people are suffering a fatal accident on the job more than other workers. This is while the number of fatalities in the workplace is on the decline.

This information was studied and assessed by the Associated Press using federal statistics. The results are a worrisome issue as a greater number of people are working beyond the usual retirement age of 65. According to the projections, there will be one-quarter of the workforce in 2024 who are 65 and older. Even older people who are energetic, healthy and able to do the same type of work as younger people face inevitable factors of aging that place them in greater jeopardy such as hearing problems, vision loss, lack of reflexes, balance problems and arthritis.

Approximately 35 percent of fatal accidents at work in 2015 involved people age 55 or older. Overall, however, the number of people who died in the workplace declined by 22 percent in the decade from 2006 to 2015. For older workers, the rate was 50 to 65 percent higher than for workers in general. The percentages varied year-to-year. In that timeframe, the total number of fatalities decreased for all workers, but rose for those 55 and older. There was a 37 percent increase in older people working during that time.

The kinds of accidents in which there were fatalities were also studied. From 2011 to 2015, there was a 20 percent rise in deaths from falling; a 17 percent rise in deaths because of contact with equipment and objects; and a decrease by eight percent in deaths due to fires and explosions. Losing a loved one in a workplace accident is an unexpected and difficult situation to deal with regardless of the person’s age, but these numbers show that older people are especially vulnerable to a fatal accident at work. For those who have lost a loved one on the job, a legal filing can help them receive compensation. Speaking to a legal professional experienced in wrongful death cases can help.

Source:, “Workplace accident death rate higher for older workers,” Maria Ines Zamudio, Michelle Minkoff, Aug. 3, 2017


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