Blue collar workers have always faced a higher risk of having a fatal workplace accident than white collar workers. That older workers in this group are even more at risk comes as no surprise. But we should resist the urge to chalk this up to failing eyesight or diminished strength alone.
Common workplace accidents like machine entanglements, slips and trips, falling from heights, being struck by objects, heavy equipment accidents, and exertion injuries can be prevented with proper training, equipment, safeguards, manpower, and oversight. Older workers may be more vulnerable to fatal injuries when corners are cut, but all workers benefit when worker safety is a priority. The best way to lower the rate of workplace fatalities among older workers is to ensure that job safety and health protections are in place for all workers.
Reference: Older people dying on job at higher rate than all workers, Fox Business, MARIA INES ZAMUDIO and MICHELLE MINKOFF, August 2, 2017