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DOH To Study Fatalities Of 9/11 Workers At WTC

Jan 30, 2007 | www.northcountrygazette.org

The New York State Health Department has joined with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to study fatalities among workers who participated in the recovery and cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center site to determine what health issues have been raised in those deaths.

The department has previously conducted other studies dealing with health issues among workers and responders at the World Trade Center site as the result of the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

As part of the agreement, the Department will be investigating deaths that have occurred among search and rescue workers and volunteers who responded to the WTC disaster site on or after September 11th. Workers have experienced a variety of physical and mental health problems. The full impact of human exposure to environmental contaminants at the WTC disaster site remains unknown. The Department will use the information gained from this study in a long-term effort to better understand the effects on workers' health.

This data collection project will build upon the department's previous World Trade Center initiatives such as coordinating a medical monitoring program for responding state employees and National Guard personnel; studying asthma and related symptoms in responders who were NYS employees, and examining upper and lower respiratory symptoms among residents.

By collecting information on those who may have prematurely died, health care experts hope to gain a better understanding of how to most effectively treat other responders. In addition, the information will be helpful in improving the medical treatment of individuals who are currently experiencing, or may in the future experience, adverse health effects associated with exposure to debris at the WTC site. Workers at the site were exposed to smoke from fires, cement and concrete dust, metals, asbestos, and other contaminants.


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