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Age in relation to worker compensation costs in the construction industry†
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 3, pages 356–366, March 2013
How to Cite
Schwatka, N. V., Butler, L. M. and Rosecrance, J. C. (2013), Age in relation to worker compensation costs in the construction industry. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 356–366. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22093
- Issue published online: 19 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUN 2012
- The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR)/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Grant Number: OH009762
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)/NIOSH Mountain and Plains Education and Research Center. Grant Number: T42OH009229-04
- aging workforce;
- construction industry;
- workers' compensation;
- older workers;
- occupational injury
A better understanding of how workers' compensation (WC) costs are affected by an aging US workforce is needed, especially for physically demanding industries, such as construction.
The relationship between age and injury type on claim costs was evaluated using a database of 107,064 Colorado WC claims filed between 1998 and 2008 among construction workers.
Mean WC costs increased with increasing age for total cost (P < 0.0001), medical costs (P < 0.0001), and indemnity costs (P < 0.0001). For each one-year increase in age, indemnity, and medical costs increased by 3.5% and 1.1%, respectively. For specific injury types, such as strains and contusions, the association between age and indemnity costs was higher among claimants aged ≥65 compared to claimants aged 18–24.
Our findings suggest that specific injury types may be partially responsible for the higher indemnity costs among older construction workers, compared with their younger coworkers. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:356–366, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.