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Worsening Workers' Health by Lowering Retirement Age: The Malign Consequences of a Benign Reform
In 2003, the retirement age of Swiss construction workers was lowered from 65 to 60. This reform has been intended to improve their health. Our study shows the opposite outcome. The human capital theory suggests that investments in employees’ productivity by the employer and the employees themselves depend on the time remaining until their retirement. Hence, we hypothesize that pension reforms that reduce employees’ working horizon decrease investments in work-related human capital, which translates into a higher prevalence of sickness absences, a longer absence duration, and worse...
Working conditions of workers of different ages
Demographic change is changing the face of working life across the EU. The increased demand on a shrinking pool of workers to provide for the social needs of an ageing population is leading to increases in the employment rate of older workers and a lengthening of working life. Policy reforms have – on the whole – focused on raising the statutory retirement age and providing financial incentives for older workers to remain in work beyond retirement age. However, a range of other factors also influence workers' decision to continue working into old age – including health and...
The challenges of ageing at work displayed in country infographics
A comprehensive overview of occupational safety and health (OSH) aspects related to the challenges of an ageing workforce is presented in country infographics uploaded on our visualisation tool on ageing and OSH . The 31 country infographics depict thought-provoking facts and figures about the working conditions and health, labour market participation and policies linked to ageing at work in the corresponding European country. One more infographic illustrates the full EU landscape of the subject. Source:
Aging workers and trade-related injuries in the US construction industry
The study was designed to identify any trends of injury type as it relates to the age and trade of construction workers. The participants for this study included any individual who, while working on a heavy and highway construction project in the Midwestern United States, sustained an injury during the specified time frame of when the data were collected. During this period, 143 injury reports were collected. The four trade/occupation groups with the highest injury rates were laborers, carpenters, iron workers, and operators. Data pertaining to injuries sustained by body part in each age group...
Transitions d'emploi chez les travailleurs âgés qui quittent un emploi à long terme
Analyse fondée sur des données administratives La présente étude rend compte de la prévalence et de la nature du réemploi chez les travailleurs qui ont quitté un emploi à long terme à titre de salariés à l'âge de 50 ans et plus. L'analyse est fondée sur le Fichier de données longitudinales sur la main-d'oeuvre, un ensemble de données de panel administratif portant sur une période de 28 ans, et tire parti de la grande taille de son échantillon et des renseignements détaillés...
Descriptive Epidemiology of Serious Work-Related Injuries in British Columbia, Canada
Objective : This study examined the rates and distribution of serious work-related injuries by demographic, work and injury characteristics in British Columbia, Canada from 2002–2008, using population-based data. Methods : Claims for workers with a serious injury were extracted from workers' compensation data. Serious injuries were defined by long duration, high cost, serious medical diagnosis, or fatality. Workforce estimates were used to calculate stratum-specific rates. Rate-ratios (RR) and 95% CIs were calculated using negative binomial regression for the comparison of rates, adjusting...
La qualité de l’emploi des travailleurs plus âgés au Québec
Regard sur l'évolution de la situation des femmes et des hommes Cette étude traite de l'évolution de la qualité de l'emploi des travailleurs plus âgés, soit ceux de 50 à 64 ans. Elle comprend quatre sections. La première traite de l'importance d'étudier la qualité de l'emploi des travailleurs plus âgés. La deuxième section aborde le sujet des changements dans la participation des travailleurs plus âgés au cours de la période 1997-2010, pour laquelle nous disposons...

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