Skin diseases are recognized to be the most common of all occupational diseases. Authorities estimate that industrial dermatoses comprise more than 60% of all occupational ills.1 In the railroad industry, which employed about 949,000 workers in 1959,2 one could expect a substantial number of dermatoses, both occupational and nonoccupational. Statistics of the United States Railroad Retirement Board3 indicate that 162 pensions were granted 1956-1960 inclusive because of disability based on all types of diseases of the skin without reference to occupational status. During this period 2 employees of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad received pensions because of occupational dermatitis.
Like other industries, the railroads in recent years have experienced a number of changes. There has been, for example, a considerable trend toward the use of diesel engines; the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad started dieselization in 1935 and completed it in 1957. The dermatoses encountered have been greatly
KAPLAN I, ZELIGMAN I. Occupational Dermatitis of Railroad Workers. Arch Dermatol. 1962;85(1):95–102. doi:10.1001/archderm.1962.01590010101012
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