PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An Associated Press analysis of federal statistics shows Rhode Island has had a consistently low rate of workplace fatalities across all ages.
On a national level, the rate of workplace fatalities has decreased, but older people are dying on the job at a higher rate than workers overall.
In Rhode Island, the death rate for older workers has been a bit higher than the rate for workers overall in the last decade, but both rates have been among the lowest in the country for most of those years.
The number of older people in the workplace is increasing as baby boomers reject the traditional retirement age of 65. In 2015, workers age 55 and over made up 24 percent of the workforce in Rhode Island.