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Explosion Accidents and an Aging Workforce

While overall rates of workplace injuries and deaths have decreased over the last five years (according to a story in the U.S. News & World Report), the number of workplace deaths for older workers has increased. This disturbing trend has a lot to do with the aging workforce in the industrial sector and the failures of many companies to address this issue and make the workplace safer for older workers.

Explosion accidents, in particular, can have devastating effects on elderly workers. The U.S. News & World report story highlights the fact that “older workers were involved in about 1 in 4 fatal workplace accidents related to fires and explosions from 2011 to 2015.” These elderly workers may be unable to quickly avoid and escape such violent accidents, and may not be healthy enough to withstand the force of the blast if they are caught in a tragic event like an explosion on the job.

In Texas, in particular, the fatality rate for older workers was 43 percent higher than the accident rate for all other workers examined in the study. Overall, the fatality rate for older workers registered at 6.1 deaths per 100,000 workers in the state. When faced with these numbers, it is reasonable to assume that factories, plants, and other hazardous workplaces across the state have failed to implement the proper safety protocols and training to prevent unnecessary deaths among their older workers.

The story also highlights an explosion accident at the Bryan Texas Utilities Power Plant that resulted in the death of a 60-year-old worker, Earle Robinson. The explosion occurred at the power plant (located about 100 miles north of Houston) and caused serious burns to the elderly worker, which later resulted in his tragic passing at a Houston area hospital. While there was no immediate word about whether the victim’s family considered hiring an explosion accident attorney in Houston to handle a civil claim, the National Center for Productive Aging and Work is spearheading initiatives to make the workplace safer for aging workers.

A part of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the NCPAW has partnered with industries, labor and trade associations, and other professional organizations to help push advancements in safety, health, and the overall well-being of America’s aging workforce. By emphasizing safety and awareness of the unique challenges that elderly workers face, they hope to make strong inroads with the most dangerous industries like oil and gas, manufacturing, drilling, and other professions that may expose their employees to serious accidents like workplace explosions.

While it may be too late for families like the Robinson family, we hope that these initiatives may make a difference for other families of older workers. As America’s workforce continues to grow older (especially in the industrial sectors), we need to make safety a major focus to prevent avoidable injuries and death. To learn more about this, we encourage you to read the full story on the U.S. News & World Report linked above and visit the website of the National Center for Productive Aging and Work to learn more about their latest initiatives.

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The Difference Between Assisted Living and Independent Living

Considering long-term options for the care and welfare of an elderly loved one can be a difficult thing to ponder on. Close knit families usually like to keep their loved ones under one roof but, sometimes, it just isn’t feasible. Perhaps the household is too active with children and the elderly relatives can neither cope with the high energy or are even medically disturbed because of it. Maybe the main earners of the family are simply not in a place to provide personalized care for their elderly relatives instead.

So maybe you’ve heard of the two options of assisted living and independent living. There is a difference that lies beyond the connotation of what the names suggest. Independent living, in the terms of elderly care, is settling within a community of other elderly folk where they can live out the rest of their lives in peace and with the comfort of each other’s company. These are for elderly folk who can still manage by themselves.

For some elderly people, unfortunately, this is not a viable option. According to the website (SeniorAdvice.com), there are certain signs that a person could exhibit that state that assisted living may be necessary for them. They might not be capable of caring for their hygiene or keep house or remembering their medication. Carers in assisted living situations care so that the elderly don’t have to and this is usually because they themselves cannot.

Though the costs between the two options are quite wide, there is a difference between a frivolity and a necessity. An elderly person who is perfectly capable of living on their own has no use of a carer while an elderly person who cannot remember the last few years of their life or have difficulty with even the most basic locomotive actions, then a carer is all but necessary for them to live on with what remains as the rest of their lives.

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