The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that by 2015, employees over the age of 65 will represent 20 percent of the American workforce. Twenty-five percent of the workforce will be past 55 years of age by the year 2020. In the interest of decreasing the chance of serious workplace injuries, Los Angeles construction and industrial companies should start considering how to best accommodate older workers.
The good news for employers is that older workers are often safer workers. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported that older employees experience workplace injuries with less frequency than younger employees. The difference may be due to older workers having more experience or to their tendency to exercise greater caution. However, when older workers do get hurt, their time of recovery is usually longer.