SOUTHAMPTON, England, July 21 (UPI) — Work-related deaths in Britain were reduced by half in a 20-year period, researchers say.
Professor David Coggon of the Southampton General Hospital in England and colleagues say deaths from most hazards declined, but there was no reduction in excess mortality from exposure to asbestos or from cancer among woodworkers.
The study, published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, finds total excess death rates of 733.2 per year during 1979 to 1990 and 471.7 per year during 1991to 2000 and the risk of work-related death in some jobs — such as tavern workers, coal miners and pilots — remain relatively high.
The “riskiest” jobs between 1991 and 2000 were bar owners and bar workers who suffered from cirrhosis and other diseases caused by alcohol and coal miners who developed chronic bronchitis, emphysema or pneumoconiosis.
The overall substantial fall in work-related deaths is likely due to a combination of safer working conditions and lower rates of employment in more hazardous jobs, the study authors suggest.
“However, several hazards remain problematic, and are a priority for further preventive action. These include diseases caused by asbestos, sino-nasal cancer in woodworkers and motor vehicle accidents in truck drivers,” the authors say in a statement.
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