Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Accidents, Occupational; Age Factors


Direct and indirect corporate health and safety costs related to worker illness and injury total billions of dollars annually. The impact of these costs have not only affected industry's viability but also health care in the form of managed care. Before corporate health and safety costs can be reduced, factors contributing to work injury and health costs need to be determined. For nearly a century, researchers have attempted to determine the relationship that exists between age and work injury. The age of the worker may be a significant factor which would be cause for concern due to the aging work force and higher health care expenditures for the older person.

The purpose of this project is to investigate previous studies that have examined the relationship between age and work injury, provide additional research on a statewide level, and determine if interventions can be implemented to reduce the number of injuries in the work place. The procedure being used to complete this project will be a literature review in addition to a data analysis of North Dakota Workers' Compensation figures related to age and work injury. This information may assist employers in implementing preventative measures to reduce the number of work injuries and thereby reduce corporate health care costs.