Railroad workers with long-term exposure to diesel exhaust are 40% more likely to develop lung cancer, according to recent studies. Breathing diesel fumes may also contribute to asthma-like symptoms and lung disease.
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Diesel Exhaust and Lung Cancer
Over the last 30 years, over 35 studies have linked diesel exhaust with a 20-50% increased risk of lung cancer. Diesel exhaust contains tiny particles of soot and gases from the burning of fuel and oil. The particles contain carcinogens and trigger inflammation when inhaled.
Railroad Worker Lung Cancer
In a study of 55,000 railroad workers over 38 years, researchers at Harvard found a 40% increased risk of lung cancer for workers in 30 job categories, especially trains powered by diesel locomotives.
Railroad Diesel Fume & Exhaust Exposure
The railroad industry converted to diesel power in the 1950s. There were many sources of exposure. Early locomotives produced more exhaust than they do today. In the early years, repair shops often had poor ventilation. Poorly-sealed cabs may have allowed diesel fumes to leak inside, especially in tunnels.
Railroad Workers Exposed to Diesel Fumes
- Repair workers
- Diesel engine and locomotive shop workers
OSHA Issues Safety Alert on Diesel Exhaust
In 2013, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a Hazard Alert that short-term exposure to diesel fumes on the job can cause dizziness and lung irritation. Long-term exposure could also increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and lung cancer.
Diesel Exhaust in Miners Study
In 2012, a study tracked 12,000 mining workers who were exposed to diesel exhaust for 20 years. They found a 3-fold increased risk of lung cancer and premature death.
Workers Exposed to Diesel Exhaust
Diesel engines power many types of heavy equipment in a wide variety of industries. Over 12 million workers in the United States are exposed to diesel exhaust on the job, including:
- Railroad workers
- Construction workers
- Heavy equipment operators
- Bridge and tunnel workers
- Oil and gas workers
- Loading dock workers
- Truck drivers
- Material handling operators
- Farm and agricultural workers
- Long-shorting workers
- Auto, truck, and bus maintenance garage workers
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