Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Physical Activity at Work Linked to Death

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Physical Activity at Work Linked to Death

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Men who have physically strenuous jobs appear to have a greater risk of death from causes other than heart disease and cancer, study findings suggest.

Men who were most physically active at work had almost twice the risk of dying from all causes compared to men with a low physical workload, according to a report in a recent issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The risk remained even after the researchers took into account other factors that influence death risk, such as exercise, weight and socioeconomic status.

Overall, among study participants, men with strenuous jobs were more likely to die because of violence or trauma, such as traffic accidents. There were no deaths due to such cases among men whose jobs were not physically strenuous.

"We speculate that tiredness due to physical work could contribute to the elevated rate of fatal accidents," said Dr. Estela Kristal-Boneh of the Occupational Health and Rehabilitation Institute in Raanana, Israel. The study included 3,500 Israeli men in furniture, electronic, textile, food, tire and iron products manufacturing who were healthy and over age 25 at the beginning of the eight-year study.

Those men with physically demanding jobs tended to be older, less educated, more likely to smoke and drink alcohol, participated less often in sports and were less likely to have a history of heart disease. …

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