Changes in Labor Accident Risk with Aging
Takahiro Nakamura*, Motoya Takagi**, and Shinnosuke Usui***
*Graduate School and Faculty of Safety Science, Kansai University, 7-1 Hakubai-cho, Takatsuki-shi, Osaka 569-1098, Japan
**National Institute of Industrial Safety and Health in Japan, 1-4-6 Ume-zono, Kiyose, Tokyo 204-0024, Japan
***Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, 1-2 Yamadaoka, Suita, Osaka 565-0871, Japan
As we age, we change physically and mentally. As society ages, the birthrate decreases and the older worker’s social role increases in importance. The social role of the elderly is, however, threatened by the potential increase in age-related accidents. This research used 34,217 cases to explore and clarify the features of age-related accidents, classified by type, victim age –10 to 30s, 40 to 50s, and those aged 60 and over– and the number of absentee days due to accidents. Our results show that more time is needed for an older worker to return to the job after an accident than for a young worker. The importance of accident prevention for older workers is growing throughout industry. Ensuring such safety improves safety for workers of all ages. Issues involving age-related worker safety thus are related to the safety and well-being of workers of all generation.
-  Japan Industrial Safety and Health Association, “Research report about Promotion of Reduction in Risk of Accidents by Physical Changes for Aged Workers (Kounenrei roudousha no shintaiteki tokusei no henka ni yoru saigai risk teigen suishin jigyou ni kakaru chosa kenkyu houkokusho),” 2010 (in Japanese).
-  T. Nakamura, M. Takagi, and S. Usui, “Relation among Aging, Transitions of Psychological and Physiological Functions and Risk of Labor Accident (Karei ni tomonau shinshin kinou no teika to roudou saigai risk ni kansuru kenkyu),” Inclusive Research Report for Japan’s Health and Labor Science Research Grants, pp. 1-5, 2010 (in Japanese).