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Risks of a lifetime in construction. Part II: chronic occupational diseases.
Ringen K; Dement J; Welch L; Dong XS; Bingham E; Quinn PS
Am J Ind Med 2014 Nov; 57(11):1235-1245
Background: We developed working-life estimates of risk for dust-related occupational lung disease, COPD, and hearing loss based on the experience of the Building Trades National Medical Screening Program in order to (1) demonstrate the value of estimates of lifetime risk, and (2) make lifetime risk estimates for common conditions among construction workers. Methods: Estimates of lifetime risk were performed based on 12,742 radiographic evaluations, 12,679 spirometry tests, and 11,793 audiograms. Results: Over a 45-year working life, 16% of construction workers developed COPD, 11% developed parenchymal radiological abnormality, and 73.8% developed hearing loss. The risk for occupationally related disease over a lifetime in a construction trade was 2-6 times greater than the risk in non-construction workers. Conclusions: When compared with estimates from annualized cross-sectional data, lifetime risk estimates are highly useful for risk expression, and should help to inform stakeholders in the construction industry as well as policy-makers about magnitudes of risk.
Humans; Men; Women; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Morbidity-rates; Mortality-rates; Exposure-limits; Risk-factors; Hazards; Transportation; Fall-protection; Author Keywords: lifetime risk; construction; fatalities; nonfatal injuries; working lifespan; falls; contact with objects/equipment; overexertion
Patricia S. Quinn, CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
MD; NC; OH
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division