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NIOSH Research Finds Higher Risk of Older Workers on the Road

Posted in on Fri, Sep 27, 2013

As part of the ongoing work of NIOSH’s Center for Motor Vehicle Safety, Stephanie Pratt, PhD, and Rosa L. Rodríguez-Acosta, PhD, of NIOSH’s Division of Safety Research, have determined how much higher risk older workers face at work on the highway.  Researchers analyzed 2003-2010 data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and compared occupational highway transportation deaths among workers aged 55–64 years and those 65 years and older with those among workers aged 18–54 years. Workers aged 65 or more had the highest overall fatality rate (3.1 highway transportation deaths per 100,000 full-time-equivalent [FTE] workers per year), which is more than three times that of workers aged 18–54 years (0.9 per 100,000 FTE workers). The pattern held across demographic and occupational categories.   The article can be found at

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