TABLE 3

Number of estimated cases and incidence rate ratios (plus 95% confidence intervals) by occupation for long latency respiratory disease in males, as reported by chest physicians to SWORD (Surveillance of Work-related and Occupational Respiratory Disease), 1996–2014

Occupation#Non-malignant
pleural disease
MesotheliomaAsbestosisLung cancerCOPD
Subjects nIRR (95% CI)Subjects nIRR (95% CI)Subjects nIRR (95% CI)Subjects nIRR (95% CI)Subjects nIRR (95% CI)
Shipyard and dock workers57712.54 (10.96–14.35)39711.25 (9.38–13.48)647.76 (5.69–10.57)5711.02 (6.93–17.51)4
Plumbers, gas fitters, pipe fitters, heating engineers16648.77 (8.08–9.53)9366.27 (5.57–7.06)2898.60 (7.04–10.52)1275.78 (4.21–7.94)282.81 (1.45–5.47)
Construction workers36785.31 (5.00–5.64)22363.99 (3.68–4.33)6755.57 (4.86–6.39)4015.14 (4.21–6.25)320.76 (0.42–1.37)
Sheet metal workers, metal plate
workers, riveters
7224.93 (4.37–5.55)4524.01 (3.39–4.73)1284.94 (3.74–6.53)724.37 (2.89–6.59)2
Carpenters, joiners and wood
workers
17624.47 (4.12–4.85)12193.99 (3.61–4.43)2603.65 (2.98–4.48)1192.57 (1.84–3.60)160.76 (0.33–1.72)
Electrical and electronic workers14822.87 (2.64–3.13)11843.02 (2.72–3.35)2122.28 (1.83–2.85)1372.33 (1.71–3.18)70.26 (0.17–0.39)
Miners and quarrymen1520.57 (0.43–0.75)410.19 (0.12–0.35)4331.11 (0.63–1.96)41765.6 (52.5–81.9)
Welders2321.71 (1.43–2.06)1781.72 (1.32–2.24)230.95 (0.76–1.20)563.76 (2.35–6.01)629.99 (6.46–15.46)
Painters and decorators5001.75 (1.52–2.02)3311.51 (1.24–1.84)1001.99 (1.44–2.76)411.27 (0.73–2.21)251.79 (0.85–3.75)
Textile workers2431.27 (1.05–1.53)2131.46 (1.14–1.86)1003.01 (2.17–4.17)281.31 (0.67–2.53)1
Other engineering and allied
trades, foundry workers
21650.84 (0.78–0.90)17120.87 (0.79–0.95)4410.98 (0.85–1.14)3531.31 (1.06–1.61)1010.79 (0.57–1.08)
Gas, coke and chemical makers1350.80 (0.62–1.02)680.52 (0.36–0.77)190.63 (0.32–1.27)250.60 (0.36–0.98)
Drivers of stationary engines,
cranes, etc.
1750.55 (0.44–0.68)1630.67 (0.51–0.87)560.99 (0.66–1.50)762.18 (1.42–3.34)60.38 (0.24–0.59)
Glass and ceramics makers600.63 (0.43–0.93)160.22 (0.09–0.49)1141.32 (0.52–3.36)1
Other transport and
communications workers
4140.31 (0.26–0.36)4260.42 (0.35–0.50)550.23 (0.15–0.35)540.36 (0.22–0.59)290.44 (0.23–0.85)
Other manufacturing2920.33 (0.28–0.40)2430.36 (0.29–0.45)630.41 (0.27–0.62)280.28 (0.15–0.55)60.13 (0.08–0.21)
Warehousemen, storekeepers,
packers, bottlers
590.11 (0.08–0.15)450.11 (0.07–0.18)160.17 (0.07–0.38)12
Other6690.06 (0.05–0.07)13430.18 (0.16–0.19)1600.09 (0.07–0.12)650.06 (0.04–0.09)250.04 (0.02–0.08)

IRR: incidence rate ratios; COPD: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. #: occupations coded according to 1970 Office of Population Census and Surveys classification of occupations [14]. : including farming, foresters and fisherman; clerical and sales; service, sport and recreation; administrators and managers; professional and technical. Significant results are shown in bold font. IRRs were only calculated for occupations with five or more actual cases.