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The Minnesota Highway Maintenance Worker Mortality Study 1945-1984.
Bender AP; Parker DL; Johnson RA; Anderson WK; Crozier MA; Williams AN; Marbury MC; Sigurdson E; Mandel JS; Monson RR
Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1987 Apr; :1-287
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.
NIOSH-Grant; Grants-other; Risk-factors; Epidemiology; Cancer-rates; Mortality-surveys
None Minnesota Dept of Health 717 S E Delaware St Box 9441 Minneapolis, MN 55440
Final Grant Report
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Other Occupational Concerns; Grants-other
Chronic Disease and Environmental Epidemiology, Minnesota Department of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minnesota State Dept of Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota
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