Age in relation to worker compensation costs in the construction industry

Natalie V. Schwatka, Lesley M. Butler, John C. Rosecrance

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Background: 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. Methods: 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. Results: 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-366
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Aging workforce
  • Construction industry
  • Occupational injury
  • Older workers
  • Workers' compensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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