9/11 health czar says science fails to link cancer to Ground Zero toxins
Veterans of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and cleanup who are stricken with cancer had their hopes dashed Tuesday — at least temporarily — of having their illness included among those eligible for help from the government. Under the new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act — which does not cover cancer — the administrator of the World Trade Center Health Program must periodically review whether cancer can be linked to the 9/11 attacks or cleanup, and added to the list of diseases responders can get help for. The first such review was released Tuesday, and found there was no basis — yet — to add the disease, and that much more study still needs to be done, even 10 years after the horrendous attacks.
Conference asks, ‘Are we prepared for the next 9/11?’
The leaders of OSHA and NIOSH and Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, are among the speakers for a Sept. 16 all-day conference in New York City that will examine how well prepared their agencies are to protect responders from harmful exposures during major disasters. “Protecting Worker and Community Health: Are We Prepared for the Next 9/11?” is taking place a few days after the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Grain elevator company charged with crimes in teen’s death
The U.S. Attorney’s Office charged Tempel Grain Elevators Tuesday morning with aiding and abetting and violating federal work safety regulations resulting in the death of a teenage boy. The charges come almost two years after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration accused the company of violating safety regulations and ordered it to pay a $1.6 million fine, the second largest total in Colorado for labor and safety fines at the time.
Federal inspectors find safety violations at Jamesville lumber mill where worker died in February
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration today said B & B Lumber Co. Inc., the Jamesville lumber mill where a worker died in an accident in February, should be fined $152,100. Thomas O. Pelton, 35, of Camden, was changing blades on a cutting machine at the mill at 4800 Solvay Road in the early morning on Feb. 7 when another employee started the device. The worker didn’t realize he had started the machine and was unable to stop it before Pelton was fatally injured, police said.
OSHA investigating farm accident that killed two teen girls
Representatives of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are in northwestern Illinois today, continuing an investigation into the electrocution deaths Monday of two 14-year-old girls working in a cornfield.
Man poses as compliance officer and asks for money
A man has attempted to swindle Valley businesses by posing as an inspector or compliance officer and asking for money, officials said Tuesday. The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health said it has received reports from restaurants and businesses saying the imposter visited, claimed to be an ADOSH inspector or compliance officer and asked for money.