A 20-year follow-up of a population sample (aged 25-34) including coal-miners and foundry workers in Staveley, Derbyshire

Br J Ind Med. 1980 Aug;37(3):230-3. doi: 10.1136/oem.37.3.230.


A 20-year follow-up of a population sample of men aged 25-34 has been completed in Staveley, Derbyshire. The sample was based on a private census, with brief industrial histories, that enabled four groups to be established--"non-dusty," "pure coal-mining," "pure foundry," and "other and mixed." The similarity of the mortality rates of non-dusty, coal-mining, and foundry groups is satisfactory, but there is, however, a surprisingly high mortality rate in the other and mixed group. We were unable to explain this on the basis of their industrial exposure, and only to a very limited extent by their smoking habits. We suggest that there is a small group of uncooperative men, overweight for their height and heavy smokers, who self-select themselves into jobs that are classified in a study such as this as other and mixed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Body Weight
  • Coal Mining*
  • England
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Metallurgy*
  • Occupational Diseases / mortality*
  • Smoking
  • Social Class