CDC: Older Employees Getting Hurt at Work More Often

CDC: Older Employees Getting Hurt at Work More OftenA recent government report revealed that workplace injuries among older individuals have risen rapidly in the past few years.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in 2003, workplace injuries among those aged 55 and older comprised 12 percent of such incidents, but the latest data puts that figure at 17 percent, reports USA Today.

Report co-author Dawn N. Castillo, who is in charge of the surveillance and field investigations branch in the division of safety research at the CDC's National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, said that older workers are at greater risk of falls from stairs and ladders and understanding these differences – along with the different types of injuries they endure – is key in preventing incidents, reports the news source.

"We thought it is important to look at injury data to be able to assess if there might be some specific needs in terms of safety and health for the older worker," she said.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 1.2 million workplace injuries and illnesses that required time off from work across all sectors and ages in 2009, representing a decrease of 9 percent.