Mortality among chemical workers at Texas City plant: 1940-2001

Salma Haidar, Carol Burns, Kay Birdsong, Kenneth Bodner, Eugenio Salazar, James J. Collins

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Objectives: To evaluate the mortality experience of workers at a major chemical manufacturing site and to examine brain and liver cancers excesses reported at this site in previous studies. Methods: This study included 9,730 employees at the Texas City location who worked between 1940 and 2001. Standardized mortality ratios and confidence intervals were calculated. Results: There was less than expected deaths due to all cause mortality and no increase in all cancer mortality. Brain tumor mortality, which did exceed expected rates in past years, was at expected levels in recent years. Liver cancer mortality was greater than expected. Conclusion: Brain tumor mortality was either due to chance in the early years or the cause of the brain tumors has been eliminated. Mortality due to liver cancer is higher than expected but only among men hired before 1950.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • Brain cancer
  • Brain tumors
  • General mortality study
  • Liver cancer
  • Texas City


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