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Modern Homes: Toxic Environment for Construction Workers — 10 Comments

  1. I don’t have any hard data but my Grandfather was a carpenter in the 60s through the early 80s, he died of esophagus cancer not long after he retired. I guess several of his buddies from work also got cancer, mostly lung and throat cancer.

    • Thanks for sharing. When I was young and just starting out in carpentry training, we were told that carpenters had one of the longest lifespans. It was promoted as a healthy profession. And it probably was up until the 1970’s or so. That’s when more and more toxic materials were introduced.

  2. I imagine this would be a good topic for a student to investigate and write on for their thesis.

    It would be difficult to find the information, unless you’re looking in all the “wrong places.” People track career fields’ average salaries over long periods of time, but (now this is a guess, mind) the only people who are likely to be tracking average lifespans for specific career fields are going to be those career fields’ detractors. That, on its face, would make any information they’ve gathered suspect, at the very least. That’s just my opinion, of course.

    • I figure there’s fairly reliable industry and government statistics somewhere. It just takes time and effort to hunt down the info. It may require going to the reference department of a major library.

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