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
JournalAm J Public Health
Date Published1996 Sep
ISSN Number0090-0036
Call Numberpubs_1996_Zwerling_CAJPH.pdf
KeywordsAccidents, Occupational, Cross-Sectional Studies, Educational Status, Female, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Diseases, Regression Analysis, Retirement, Risk Factors, Sex Factors, United States, Wounds and Injuries

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.

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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

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Alternate JournalAm J Public Health
Citation Key6552
PubMed ID8806386
PubMed Central IDPMC1380597
Grant ListU01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
1K01 OHAG00150-01 / OH / NIOSH CDC HHS / United States