While we often hear about the importance of construction worker safety, the emphasis is often on new or young employees and little awareness is given to the safety of mature workers.
Data from Safe Work Australia between 2003 and 2013 shows that injury and fatality rates are more common among more mature construction workers.
Workers over the age of 55 accounted for 11 per cent of the construction workforce but almost 24 per cent of fatalities on work sites.
Data also showed that among self-employed workers, those over 55 accounted for 19 per cent of workers but 55 per cent of fatalities.
Workers aged 65 or over had a higher probability of fatality on site, in fact they were six times more like to be killed on site than their younger counterparts.
Instead of focussing all attention on young workers, it’s important that employers provide continuous safety education and communication to older workers as well. Providing adequate supervision for young people and older workers alike would also be useful.