Harvard study links diesel exhaust to deaths

| 1/31/2008

A new study out of Harvard University, which was first published in the August 2007 edition of Environmental Health Perspectives, cites diesel exhaust as a likely contributor to deaths from heart disease among truckers. The researchers say that truckers are 50 percent more likely to die of heart disease than the general population.

The Sacramento Bee reported the Harvard findings are part of the largest and most comprehensive study yet on the effect of diesel emissions not only on truckers, but also on dock workers, clerks and anyone else who’s exposed.

Harvard Medical School researchers said they examined the jobs and medical histories of more than 54,000 male Teamsters union members who had worked for one of four national trucking companies from 1985 through 2000.

The next phase of the nationwide trucking industry study will examine differences in diesel exposure between different jobs and trucking terminals.