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Veteran Workers

June 15, 2017

Who are Veteran Workers? 

Though not specifically defined by OH&S,  a "veteran worker" is any worker 55 years of age and older. Typically these workers have decades of work experience. Veteran workers incur a variety of injuries, but 'falls on same level' are the most significant.


Why are Veteran Workers at Risk? 

Typical reasons why veteran workers are injured include: 

  • Normalized risks associated with falls
  • Pre-existing injuries and health challenges increases the severity of the falls injuries
  • Reduced dexterity
  • Slower reaction time
  • Slower reaction time
  • Carrying loads
  • Unaware of changing ground conditions 
What Can be Done to Address these Risks?
  • Fitness to work
  • Knowing how to fall to minimize injury
  • Warm up to work with some light stretching
  • Ergonomic assessments
  • Use of engineering tools and fittings to minimize exerted force 
  • Management of change with respect to job scope and assigned workforce


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