NIOSH fact sheet aims to keep older drivers safe in the workplace

Older workers more likely to be injured in a crash

Posted April 5, 2016

Older drivers at work bring extensive skills, knowledge, and experience built over the course of a lifespan. Research shows that older drivers are more likely than their younger counterparts to adopt safe behaviors such as wearing a seat belt and complying with speed limits, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

However, the agency says those ages 55 and older have twice the risk of dying in a work-related crash than younger workers do. One possible reason is that older persons are more likely to be injured if they are in a crash, and more likely to die if they are injured.

NIOSH’s fact sheet gives employers and workers information on age-related physical and mental changes that may affect older workers’ driving. The agency says it is important to accommodate these changes so older workers may continue to contribute their expertise to the workplace under the safest conditions possible.


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