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Mortality among Ontario members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers.
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PMID:  15597359     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Dust exposed workers may be at increased risk of pneumoconiosis, stomach cancer, lung cancer, and obstructive lung disease. Bricklayers may experience high exposures to silica and inorganic dusts. The aim of this study was to examine the mortality pattern of bricklayers to identify occupational associations with mortality. METHODS: A cohort of 10,953 workers was assembled from records of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (IUBAC). Mortality was ascertained by linkage to the Canadian Mortality Registry at Statistics Canada. Standardized Mortality Ratios (SMRs) were computed using Ontario general population mortality rates as the reference. RESULTS: Twenty or more years from first membership, SMRs for lung (158; 130-190) and stomach (235; 140-370) cancers were significantly elevated. There were four deaths from pneumoconiosis, but non-malignant respiratory mortality SMRs were not increased. CONCLUSIONS: Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers are at risk from diseases associated with heavy exposure to inorganic dust: lung cancer, stomach cancer, and pneumoconiosis. Dust control as well as education and training of these workers to protect themselves against inhalation hazards is necessary.
Murray M Finkelstein; Dave K Verma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of industrial medicine     Volume:  47     ISSN:  0271-3586     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Ind. Med.     Publication Date:  2005 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-12-20     Completed Date:  2005-04-08     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8101110     Medline TA:  Am J Ind Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright (c) 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Program in Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Cause of Death
Cohort Studies
Construction Materials
Labor Unions / statistics & numerical data
Lung Neoplasms / mortality
Middle Aged
Neoplasms / mortality*
Occupational Diseases / mortality*
Odds Ratio
Ontario / epidemiology
Stomach Neoplasms / mortality

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