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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...
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...
Le bien-être des travailleurs âgés dans la construction
Dans le secteur de la construction des travailleurs qui quittent anticipativement le marché du travail. De nombreux travailleurs de la construction quittent le secteur à l'âge de 56 ou 58 ans vu la possibilité de partir à la prépension. Les causes sont la charge physique importante, les problèmes de santé, les problèmes liés à une contrainte de travail élevée, le manque d’appréciation… Plus le travailleur de la construction vieillit, plus ces facteurs gagnent en impact et plus ils occasionnent...

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