Risk Factors for Occupational Injuries among Older Workers: An analysis of the Health and Retirement Study

TitleRisk Factors for Occupational Injuries among Older Workers: An analysis of the Health and Retirement Study
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsZwerling, C, Sprince, NL, Wallace, RB, Davis, CS, Whitten, PS, Heeringa, SG
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Volume86
Issue9
Pagination1306-9
Call Numberpubs_1996_Zwerling_CAJPH.pdf
KeywordsDemographics, Employment and Labor Force, Health Conditions and Status, Methodology, Retirement Planning and Satisfaction, Risk Taking
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: This study examined risk factors for occupational injury among older workers. METHODS: We analyzed data on 6854 employed nonfarmers from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a population-based sample of Americans 51 through 61 years old. RESULTS: Occupational injuries were associated with the following: the occupations of mechanics and repairers (odds ratio OR = 2.27), service personnel (OR = 1.68), and laborers (OR = 2.18); jobs requiring heavy lifting (OR = 2.75); workers' impaired hearing (OR = 1.60) and impaired vision (OR = 1.53); and jobs requiring good vision (OR = 1.43). Self-employment was associated with fewer injuries (OR = 0.47). CONCLUSIONS: These results emphasize the importance of a good match between job demands and worker capabilities.

Endnote Keywords

Accidents, Occupational/Educational Status/Health Status/Gender/Middle Age/Occupational Diseases/Regression Analysis/Retirement/Risk Factors/Sex Factors/Support, Non U.S. Government/Support, U.S. Government--PHS/Wounds and Injuries

Endnote ID

4415

Citation Key6552