In a large printing establishment, a considerable percentage of plate printers had suffered for many years from recurrent cutaneous lesions of the hands and arms. So frequent were these lesions that the employees and the management requested an investigation not only because of the protests of the workers but also because of the financial loss due to compensation and time lost from work.
The establishment employs 1,058 workers, but most of the dermatitis occurred among the group of 318 plate printers and their forty-seven skilled helpers. This group of men lost thirteen man years of working time during the period of 1900-1936 at an estimated loss of $50,000 in lost time, not counting compensation, cost of medical treatment and the sufferings of the workers.
Among the other 693 workers no records could be found of any lost time from occupational dermatitis occurring during this period.
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NEAL PA. DERMATITIS AMONG PLATE PRINTERS. JAMA. 1940;114(7):558–560. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810070024006
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