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Am J Public Health. 1996 Sep;86(9):1306-9.

Risk factors for occupational injuries among older workers: an analysis of the health and retirement study.

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  • 1University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center, Iowa City 52242, USA.

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.

PMID:
8806386
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PMCID:
PMC1380597
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