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Keeping the workplace safe for workers of all ages

Georgia workers may be aware that more and more employees are putting off retirement and working longer. While the traditional retirement age is 60 or 65, many individuals who are 70 or 75 are still working due to financial or other reasons. This can present a challenge for employers who have to present or deliver safety information in a way that all employees can understand.

Because workers are staying in their jobs longer, safety professionals must determine how injury risks and workplace hazards that result from changes in physical abilities or health can be minimized. This is most important in jobs that require manual labor or are highly physical. Safety professionals and employers should continue to check in with employees to see what support they need in order for them to continue being able to perform their jobs safely and effectively.

There is a stereotype that older individuals are not as comfortable with newer technology as younger individuals. However, older individuals who do work to keep up-to-date with technological advances tend to become avid users. Employers can use this to their advantage by having employees work in groups. In many cases, those who are not as comfortable with the technology can still be productive, especially if they are comfortable with the content itself.

If a workplace injury does occur, it can prevent an employee from being able to return to work. If the worker is older and the injury is serious enough, the worker may not be able to return to work in the same capacity, especially if the injury is life-altering. A workers' compensation attorney may help walk an injured worker through the process of reporting the injury to the employer and filing for workers' compensation benefits. If the claim is denied, the attorney may be able to appeal the decision or litigate on the worker's behalf.

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