Strengthen return to work, training programs
Because of the connection between increased healing time and age, the PMA Companies' white paper found that there is a need for highly responsive return-to-work efforts for older workers.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, time away from work for injured workers aged 65 and older averages nearly 20 days, compared to an average of 12 days for injured workers between the ages and 55 and 64, and just eight days for overall injured employees.
In addition, the paper concluded that training programs that address proper lifting techniques, how to prevent back strains, the importance of taking breaks, and simple stretching techniques have had a significant impact on helping older workers learn how to protect themselves.
May 4, 2009
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