Keeping people over the age of 50 at work is becoming increasingly important. Those aged 50 and over already represent one in five of the workforce – and soon this proportion will rise to one in four as people continue to live, and work, longer.
The HSE suggests that today’s workforce is likely to contain a higher proportion of older workers because of factors such as increased life expectancy, removal of the default retirement age and raising of the State Pension Age, which means that many people will need and want to continue working.
However, while the number of older workers is increasing, a concerning recent report by the Health and Safety Executivehas shown the proportion of fatal injuries to workers over the age of 60 is the highest it has been in over a decade.
Nearly 40% of fatal injuries in 2017/18 – up from approximately 25% last year – were to workers aged 60 and over, despite them making up just 10% of the national workforce. This highlights the urgent need for greater workplace precautions to protect older workers.