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Health and safety of Minnesota highway maintenance workers.

Authors
Anonymous
Source
Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1990 Feb; :1-28
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NIOSHTIC No.
00198487
Abstract
The Minnesota Department of Transportation conducted a study of 1,530 deaths occurring during the period from 1945 and 1984 to highway maintenance workers. Of these 1,530, 278 were cancer deaths, which was 47 less than expected. No increases were noted in soft tissue sarcoma, lung cancer, or malignant melanoma. There was an increase of 10% over the expected number of deaths resulting from leukemia, for a total of 17 deaths from this cause. Ten of these occurred among maintenance workers with 30 to 39 years of experience on the job. This was three times the number expected. Twenty eight occupational injury fatalities were identified during the study period. These deaths represented about 26% of all injury deaths among these workers. Several recommendations were offered including the conducting of case/control studies, a pilot study for injury surveillance, additional environmental monitoring for suspected harmful agents, cytogenetic assays to assess personal exposures to mutagenic substances, and the periodic updating of the mortality experience of this group of workers.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Cancer-rates; Epidemiology; Mortality-surveys; Accident-statistics
Contact
None Minnesota Dept of Health 717 S E Delaware St Box 9441 Minneapolis, MN 55440
Publication Date
19900201
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Funding Amount
97200
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1990
NTIS Accession No.
PB91-197434
NTIS Price
A03
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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