The manufacture of moulding has been described as the “most dangerous job on earth” by a UK medical group.
A survey by the Royal College of Nursing has found that workers in the manufacturing of moulds are at high risk of developing breathing difficulties, including asthma and lung cancer.
The Royal College said the findings were based on a survey of more than 1,000 workers at a factory in Nottingham, UK.
It found that almost a quarter of those who worked there had asthma, and around a quarter had developed asthma-like symptoms within the previous 12 months.
“The manufacturing process has long been thought to be the most dangerous of all manufacturing processes,” Dr Richard Gage, chairman of the Royal Colleges committee, said in a statement.
A manufacturing process is a process of combining two or more materials to produce a product, such as glass, metal or plastic.
It involves mixing and melting these materials to form a mould.
An average of five workers in a factory are likely to develop a respiratory problem during the manufacturing process, the group said.
Moulding in factories in the UK is the second most dangerous occupation after construction workers, after that of security guards.
According to a study published in the Lancet medical journal, up to two thirds of workers in manufacturing industries have asthma.
In a separate study, a survey by British manufacturing company Kestrel found that the rate of lung cancer among workers at the company’s Nottingham plant was higher than the general population, despite being less than 1% of the workforce.
Workers working in manufacturing facilities in the US have the same risk of lung disease as their UK counterparts, according to the company.
But, unlike the UK, workers in Britain have to go through a rigorous apprenticeship process, which involves training through a series of courses.
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