[Insert cool graph showing life expectancy of carpenters in 1960 versus 2010]
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any graphs of life expectancy of carpenters, so I can’t show how all the toxic building materials are almost certainly shortening the lives of carpenters. But I did find some interesting discussion on the subject at the Journal of Light Construction forum.
“I spent 15 years as a framer and merged to builder and finished as a remodeler. During that first 15 years I smoked cigarettes, inhaled a load of pressure treated wood dust, had cement coating from nails smeared all over me daily (pre nail guns), carried lumber covered in red, green and yellow mold. I cut off my big toe, sliced my hand to recieve 80 stitches, fell off a couple of scaffolds, diminished the discs in my back, knocked some chunks of meat off tripping over stuff and was sewn up a dozen times for cuts. Building in the early 80s put me and half my peers into bankruptcy trying to pay 16% interest payments on spec houses. I finished my career remodeling for 20 years , some in the field and some in the office. When I got sick of employee and customer problems I would go back in the field and expose myself to all the remodel job junk like dust, insulation, bag goods dust, paint and all that. I am only 50 and I dont have to work anymore so things worked out good but i think it all may not be worth it. I did nothing different than anyone else I saw working in the same field as me. I think I have seriously shortened my life expectancy with this chosen career, anyone know how long carpenters, remodelers or builders usually live?”
Other interesting stories at the Journal of Light Construction forum
Related: EPA Indoor Air Facts No. 4 Sick Building Syndrome PDF