Pattern and model makers, proportionate mortality 1972-1978.
Robinson C; Waxweiler RJ; McCammon CS
Am J Ind Med 1980 Mar; 1(2):159-165
Mortality patterns were investigated among White male workers in the pattern and model making industry (SIC-3944). Death certificates were obtained for 1257 members of the Pattern Makers League of North America who died between 1972 and 1978. Proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs) were calculated and compared to expected death rates for the United States White male population. PMRs among the study group were increased for colon cancer and for malignant and unspecified brain tumors. Wood shop workers also had increased death rates from leukemia. Nonsignificant increases in cancers of other sites also were identified. The authors conclude that pattern and model makers are at risk for brain and colon cancers, and wood shop workers are also at risk for leukemia. They recommend better work practices to reduce occupational exposures to dusts and chemicals found in the workplace.
NIOSH-Author; Mortality-rates; Garment-workers; Cancer; Risk-analysis; Epidemiology; Blood-disorders; Workplace-studies; Air-contamination; Airborne-dusts;
Author Keywords: pattern maker; colon cancer; brain tumors; wood; metal; mortality; model makers
Cynthia Robinson, Biometry Section, IWSB, DSHEFS, NIOSH, Robert A. Taft Laboratories, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226
American Journal of Industrial Medicine