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Abnormalities consistent with asbestos-related disease among long- term demolition workers.

Authors
Levin-SM
Source
Center to Protect Worker's Rights, Washington, D.C. 1994 Nov; :1-11
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NIOSHTIC No.
00235374
Abstract
An industrial hygiene study was conducted among workers who were members of Local 95, Laborers' International Union of North America in New York City. The members of this local specialize in demolition work. Invitations were extended to 355 individuals who had joined the local more than 20 years earlier. Of these, 88 chose to participate. Of the 88 who underwent chest X-ray examination, 19 (22 percent) exhibited changes consistent with prior asbestos (1332-21-4) exposure. In three cases there were small, irregular opacities compatible with parenchymal fibrotic changes, while in 17 cases pleural abnormalities were noted. Of the 87 who performed pulmonary function testing, 63 were normal. Three examinees had combined obstructive restrictive abnormalities. The presence of findings on chest X-rays consistent with asbestos related scarring was associated with abnormality on pulmonary function testing. The findings showed that as a group, demolition workers have had significant exposure to asbestos.
Keywords
Demolition-industry; Epidemiology; Chest-X-rays; Pulmonary-function; Asbestos-fibers; Respiratory-system-disorders; Lung-function; Humans; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-materials
CAS No.
1332-21-4
Publication Date
19941101
Document Type
Final Cooperative Agreement Report
Funding Amount
2937066
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
1995
NTIS Accession No.
PB97-151757
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-306169
Source Name
Center to Protect Worker's Rights, Washington, D.C.
State
NY; DC
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights, Washington, DC
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