An examination of federal employment statistics that was conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that the percentage of people around the the country who are at least 65 years of age and who work at least part-time rose from 12.8 percent in May 2000 to 18.8 percent in May 2016. This is because a growing number of people are opting to continue working instead of retiring.
Retirement at the age of 60 or 65 is no longer the standard. People who are older than that are remaining in the workforce. In some instances, they have heavy industrial positions. This has resulted in a workforce comprised of four generations of workers to whom safety professionals are required to deliver messages about workplace safety. The safety professionals have to be able to reach workers who bring a wide range of cultures, experience levels and foundations of knowledge to the workplace. While safety professionals should refrain from using stereotypes as a basis for determining effective communication, it is necessary that they are aware that trends related to workers’ ages should be factored into the messaging.
The manner in which workers like to communicate should be taken into account. Younger people may prefer communication that requires interaction with other workers and trainers and that may require the use of electronic devices. They are also likely to prefer that the information they receive actually pertain to a particular work duty or position.
Individuals who sustain injuries due to compromised workplace safety may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney who practices workers’ compensation law may assist with appealing denied benefits or insufficient settlements. An investigation of the workplace accident may take place to determine if a third-party liability suit should be filed. The attorney may notify the appropriate authorities if the employer violated federal safety regulations.