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Comparison of health outcomes among older construction and blue-collar employees in the United States.

Authors
Petersen-JS; Zwerling-C
Source
Am J Ind Med 1998 Sep, 34(3):280-287
NIOSHTIC No.
20024054
Abstract
Using the Health and Retirement Study, we compare the health outcomes of older male construction workers with their counterparts in other occupations. We find that construction workers are more susceptible to musculoskeletal problems, chronic lung disease, and emotional/psychiatric disorders. Older construction workers were 1.4 times more likely to have a back problem and 1.3 times more likely to have a foot or leg problem than were other blue-collar workers. Nonsmoking older construction workers were 3.2 times more likely to have chronic lung disease than their nonsmoking blue-collar counterparts. When accounting for alcohol consumption, older construction workers were 1.7 times more likely to have been diagnosed with an emotional problem than other older blue-collar workers. The high rate of chronic lung disease is most likely related to on-the-job dust exposure, while the increased risk of emotional disorders might be due to the dynamics of the construction labor market.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Age-groups; Occupational-health; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Mental-health; Lung-disease; Sex-factors; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Author Keywords: occupation; health outcomes; construction; older employees; mental health; lung disease
Contact
Jeffrey S. Petersen, 441 G Street, N.W., GAO, HEHS/Income Security, Washington, D.C. 20548
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19980901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
petersenj.hehs@gao.gov
Funding Amount
160685
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-000150
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Investigation of Adverse Effects
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
CA; IA
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