18.08.2003

Heart Attacks and Strokes - Diseases of the Modern Worker

Workers exposed to stress for at least half their working lives are 25 per cent
more likely to die from a heart attack, and have 50 per cent higher odds of
suffering a fatal stroke. Also, blue-collar workers are more prone to such
illnesses than executives. These facts are exposed in the 'modern workers
health check' featured in the latest issue of British Hazards magazine.

The research shows that stress is Britain’s number one workplace health hazard.
Now the 'modern workers health check' reveals worldwide evidence of employees
being worked into the ground:

- Workers with stressful jobs are more than twice as likely to die from heart
disease.

- An individual's mental health deteriorates when a change in workload results
in higher demands, less control and reduced support. Poor management planning
and organisation can lead to heart disease.

- Working for unreasonable and unfair bosses leads to dangerously high blood
pressure.

- Workers are smoking, drinking and "slobbing out" to deal with workplace
stress.

- Long-term work-related stress is worse for the heart than aging 30 years or
gaining 40lbs in weight.

Further information


AplusA-online.de - Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work