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Problems of Poor Safety and Health Conditions in Construction

Problems of Poor Safety and Health Conditions in Construction
George Davey Smith, BMJ: British Medical Journal Vol. 301

Dr. D. Snashall’s editorial highlights the problems of poor climbing safety and fitness in the sphere of the construction industry’ and observations with the aim of near are difficulties in the sphere of collecting and interpreting fitness data regarding construction workers.

The occupational coding used in favor of construction workers, however, does not include the many laborers who vocation on the “lump” technique and are hired and fired because vocation becomes to be had. This assemblage of casual workers is likely to arrange the jobs nearly everyone negative to fitness. As a consequence the raised standardized mortality ratios in favor of various causes of death reported in favor of building and construction workers in the sphere of the decennial supplements underestimates the area of high pressure mortality in the sphere of this assemblage because a in one piece.

The problems in the sphere of estimating the size of the disadvantageous fitness special effects of working in the sphere of the construction industry put together it challenging to ascertain the regard causes.

Dr Snashall suggests with the aim of “the industry attracts weak men who get pleasure from an bumpy, material al fresco life and danger.” The reference with the aim of ropes this assertion is to a study of the behavior of roofers’ -who might be located considered an extreme assemblage in the sphere of this regard. In the sphere of the decennial supplement in favor of the years around 1981 near is a 10-fold intensify in the sphere of the mortality due to spray from area of high pressure spaces in the middle of roofers due to a lack of proper roofing products. This is not unexpected and probably reflects the risks of the duty more readily than the behavior of the readyworker. Similarly it would be located clever to examine the accurate size and special effects of what Dr Snashall refers to because “the abuses with the aim of an all male vocation force living away from mother country seems to indulge in” earlier deciding with the aim of much of the overindulgence poor fitness is not straightforwardly occupational.

A European cooperative spirit study found with the aim of the increased threat of fatal accidents varied widely in the middle of countries. The British certificate, with regulations being issued and supervised by a central body, is not succeeding. The enforcement of safety regulations ought to be located supervised by confined bodies, with helpful representation of workers. West Germany and The Netherlands arrange policies closer to this ideal, which may perhaps explain the drop overindulgence in the sphere of mortality in the middle of construction workers in the sphere of these countries. Humanizing the fitness and safety of construction workers noticeably requires structural changes. Yet Dr Snashall’s excuse in favor of employers’ federations to grasp jointly with trade unions to lobby the government sits anxiously with the end result of the employers in the sphere of 1972 whilst a strenuous effort was made by building workers to conclusion the “lump” technique of insecure casual labor. Several trades

What Are Health Problems? Perhaps More Conditions Than We Realize

What Are Health Problems? Perhaps More Conditions Than We Realize

Usually, we think that health problems are only things that doctors recognize in their diagnostic flowcharts.

However, I’d offer the following definition for health problem (as in, something that is likely caused by or indicates an imbalance or problem in the body):

1) Anything in or about a person’s body that gives them problems (e.g. discomfort, trouble doing something normally) that is not from an obvious non-health cause

(That is, if it’s a problem for the person, it’s a problem, even if it doesn’t count as a health problem in doctors’ eyes),

2) Anything about a person’s body functioning that is obviously different from how most normal people’s bodies function, with no obvious non-health explanation

(For example, sneezing many times at once, being sensitive to noise, being far more thirsty than other people, needing far less or far more sleep than other people),

3) Anything about someone that doesn’t fit with the rest of their personality.

(For instance, a kind and timid person with an occasional anger problem, or a laid-back person who suffers from anxiety at night–issues that are not part of a believable whole-person personality syndrome), or

4) Sudden onset personality changes not explicable through normal avenues of personality change

(For example, a responsible person suddenly starts forgetting to do things, or a non-confrontational person starts arguing a lot).

Why I think these are health problems:

1) First category.

If something bothers someone and isn’t obviously unfixable, it’s worth at least attempting to fix it, and thus it should be considered a “problem.” Natural medicine offers a wealth of additional strategies for fixing things that bother people which conventional medicine does not have. So even if the problem is “unfixable/live with it” according to conventional medicine standards, there might be some other healing tradition that does see it as a problem and knows what to do for it.

2) If something is different about someone’s body without an obvious explanation, it could mean that they have an imbalance or problem. Although conventional medicine would dismiss a lot of these symptoms as nothing, other medical traditions (such as Chinese medicine or Ayurveda) might see them as symptoms of an underlying imbalance. Even if the symptoms themselves aren’t serious, the underlying problem could cause serious problems in the future.

Even something as common and seemingly innocuous as “cold hands and feet” doesn’t just mean “bad circulation,” — it can indicate an autoimmune condition (Raynaud’s syndrome), hypothyroidism, high adrenaline, or a number of problems.

3) If a personality trait doesn’t fit with other traits, then it might come from a bodily condition, rather than from whatever factors shaped the rest of the person’s personality.

A personal example was my former occasional rage. I am a pretty shy and non-confrontational person. However, starting in spring 2007, I occasionally became very angry all of a sudden and, without planning to, would shriek or hit myself or my boyfriend. I was very ashamed and thought I had an anger problem or even was a domestic violence offender.

However, when I came down with Lyme disease, I started learning about Bartonella, which is another common tick-borne infection (besides the normal cat-scratch disease), of which a signature symptom is uncontrollable rage and negative personality changes (see Dr. James Schaller’s articles on Bartonella). I realized that I also had many other Bartonella symptoms, such as tender soles of the feet upon waking, which I had experienced ever since the rage symptoms started. Also, during the Lyme disease treatment, the Bartonella rage symptoms became so severe that it was obvious that they were non-organic, since there’s no way I could have chosen to be like that for normal personality reasons. I did a blood test and came back strongly positive for Bartonella henselae.

I started taking azithromycin, minocycline, and then Rifampin instead of minocycline for the Bartonella, and since then I have had absolutely no rage problems of the sort I used to have, except for occasional relapses on days when I missed one or both of the antibiotics, which suggests to me that the symptom is Bartonella-caused, since it can be caused, taken away, and brought back simply by altering my Bartonella infection levels.

This experience has shown me what intense behavioral symptoms can be caused by a mere infection. If I had not done the research to find out what was going on, I think I might be on psychiatric medication or even hospitalized. I wonder how many people with Bartonella do not realize that it is an infection and instead are treated as though they are mental illness sufferers or even violent offenders.

4) Given how personality is usually hard to change, even with effort, sudden changes in personality should be an indication that something might have changed in the person’s body. Negative changes might indicate a bodily problem.

I think we totally misuse personality and behavior symptoms. Instead of using them as an early-warning system for the body (since the brain is one of the more sensitive organs), we consider them to be NON-HEALTH problems.

Indeed, if someone has a physical problem with a mental or behavioral component, he or she is at risk for being labeled with a purely mental problem and having the physical problem ignored… perhaps accounting for the low cure rate of many so-called mental illnesses.

Andrea Runyan is a health writer in Cambridge, MA. See her blog at http://freeideasblog.blogspot.com/