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Document ID (ISN)109872
CIS number 09-798
ISSN - Serial title 0019-8366 - Industrial Health
Year 2009
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Ahn Y.S., Kang S.K.
Title Asbestos-related occupational cancers compensated under the industrial accident compensation insurance in Korea
Bibliographic information Mar. 2009, Vol.47, No.2, p.113-122. 43 ref.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract To provide basic information regarding compensation for workers exposed to asbestos, 60 cases of asbestos-related occupational lung cancer and mesothelioma that were compensated during the 15 years from 1993 to 2007 by the Korea Labor Welfare Corporation (KLWC) are described. The characteristics of the cases were analyzed using the KLWC electronic data and epidemiologic investigation data. Compensation was approved for 41 cases of lung cancer and 19 cases of mesothelioma; males accounted for 91.7% (55 cases). The most common age group was 50-59 yr (45.0%). The mean duration of asbestos exposure for lung cancer and mesothelioma cases was 19.2 and 16.0 yr, respectively. The mean latency period for lung cancer and mesothelioma cases was 22.1 and 22.6 yr, respectively. The major industries associated with mesothelioma cases were shipbuilding and maintenance (4 cases) and manufacture of asbestos textiles (3 cases). The major industries associated with lung cancer cases were shipbuilding and maintenance (7 cases), construction (6 cases) and the production of primary metals (4 cases). Findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) mesothelioma; compensation of occupational diseases; lung cancer; asbestos; Korea, Republic of
Descriptors (secondary) epidemiology; shipyards; computerized data bases; building industry; length of exposure; maintenance and repair
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceKorea, Republic of
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Chemical safety
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the respiratory system (except for pneumoconiosis & similar)
Workers' compensation