Workers aged 65 and older had a workplace fatality rate 2.6 times that of workers aged 16 to 64 for 1980 through 1991 (14.1 per 100,000 vs 5.4), according to National Traumatic Occupational Fatalities (NTOF) data. The highest rates were in mining, agriculture, and construction. Compared with younger workers, older men were at an elevated risk for fatalities caused by machines, and older women for fatal falls and homicide. Prevention efforts should focus on older workers in agricultural settings, as well as those at increased risk of workplace falls or violence.
From the Surveillance and Field Investigations Branch, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, Wva.
Address correspondence to: Suzanne M. Kisner, BS, Surveillance and Field Investigations Branch, Division of Safety Research, ALOSH, NIOSH, CDC, 1095 Willowdale Road, Morgantown, WV 26505-2888.