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The Minnesota Highway Maintenance Worker Mortality Study 1945-1984.

Authors
Bender-AP; Parker-DL; Johnson-RA; Anderson-WK; Crozier-MA; Williams-AN; Marbury-MC; Sigurdson-E; Mandel-JS; Monson-RR
Source
Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1987 Apr; :1-287
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NIOSHTIC No.
00198485
Abstract
The Minnesota Department of Health conducted a large scale study of all highway maintenance workers following the discovery of a possible increased risk of leukemia among these workers. The records were available to support a high quality epidemiologic study. The 5000 men identified worked in highway maintenance for at least 1 year between 1945 and 1984. The total number of deaths that occurred in this group was 1530, significantly less than the number expected. Despite this favorable overall mortality rate, there were increased risks of leukemia among long term workers and accidental deaths among short term workers. Also of potential concern are deaths from urinary cancers, colon cancer, and chronic renal failure. Several recommendations were offered including periodic updating of worker mortality and cancer morbidity, conducting specific studies to characterize any specific highway maintenance activities associated with increased mortality risks, conducting a pilot study of injury surveillance, monitoring for suspected exposures to hazardous agents, study the potential of cytogenetic assays to assess personal exposures to harmful substances, and minimize worker exposures.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Cancer-rates; Mortality-surveys
Contact
None Minnesota Dept of Health 717 S E Delaware St Box 9441 Minneapolis, MN 55440
Publication Date
19870401
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
97200.00
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1987
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-197376
NTIS Price
A14
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-00055
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Source Name
Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
State
MN
Performing Organization
Minnesota State Dept of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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