Syn: manual worker, blue-collar worker. A person who works in a factory, mine, forestry, fishing, or other occupation requiring considerable physical and often not much intellectual effort. Industrial work is often repetitive, as on assembly lines in factories, requires strenuous physical effort, and may be dangerous, e.g., deep sea fishing, underground mining. Modern machinery has reduced the heavy physical work required in the past by many kinds of industrial workers. The work does not usually require many years of education or academic excellence, so it is a common “choice” for people who did not do well in school. The occupational hazards, including the risk of injury and premature death, can be considerable. Contrast clerical or white-collar worker.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.