September 11, 2012 |
NEW YORK - The federal government has added about 50 types of cancer to the list of 9/11 World Trade Center-related illnesses that will be covered by a program to pay for health coverage. The National Institute for Occupational Safety announced the change Monday, the eve of the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "The publication of this final rule marks an important step in the effort to provide needed treatment and care to 9/11 responders and survivors through the WTC Health Program," NIOSH director Dr. John Howard said in a statement.
July 25, 2011 |
My beloved Cratemobile, the battered Chinese 10-speed that I rescued from the trash and equipped with a milk crate, finally conked out last winter. When I bought a new bike, I also bought a new kind of seat - one without a nose. I use my bike to perform errands and commute to the Word Mill. Over the years, cycling with a conventional seat has irritated my male plumbing. A while back, my urologist, alarmed by the condition of my prostate, asked, "Do you do a lot of bike riding?"
January 26, 2008 |
Three more lawsuits were filed yesterday against Rohm & Haas Co. by the families of former employees with brain tumors, including one new patient whose case was not previously disclosed. The new case is what's known as a "benign" tumor, though the patient, Martina Granger, suffered seizures until she underwent surgery in October and is now dealing with speech and language deficits, her attorney said. That brings the tally of benign tumors to five among those who worked at the chemical company's main research facility, in Spring House, Montgomery County.
January 23, 2008 |
Federal health officials last month issued a harsh critique of a Rohm & Haas investigation into a series of brain cancers at its main research center, and the company said yesterday that it would hire an external academic team to take over the investigation. The change in approach comes three weeks after the Philadelphia chemical-maker told employees there was no statistically significant increase in brain cancers at the research center in Spring House, Montgomery County. The federal review, conducted at the company's invitation by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
July 14, 2002 |
State and federal officials are launching investigations into the deaths of three firefighters in the July 4 inferno in Gloucester City. The state Department of Labor will be looking into such questions as to whether the firefighters were properly equipped and trained for going into a burning building, said department spokesman Kevin Smith. The probe is required by law and resembles investigations conducted by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration into workplace fatalities.
October 31, 1997 |
The International Association of Fire Fighters is requesting that the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health investigate the circumstances surrounding Monday's deaths of two city firefighters killed while battling a small basement blaze in West Oak Lane. A letter requesting the investigation - and expressing concern over whether there was adequate staffing and support at the scene - was sent yesterday to the institute's director, said IAFF spokesman George Burke.
May 26, 1996 |
There are wonderful things about summer jobs - you make money, gain skills, acquaint yourself with the wonderful world of customer service, cashing a paycheck, and "Do you want fries with that?" But summer jobs also can be deadly; 80 adolescents died on the job in 1992-93, the last figures available. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), hundreds are hospitalized every year, and tens of thousands wind up in emergency rooms. So where don't you want to work?
November 5, 1995 |
A farm can be a dangerous place. Jere Wingert found that out on the afternoon of Oct. 4, 1993. It was the last time that Wingert ever sat on a farm machine with his own two legs under him. The machine was harvesting the corn, he recalled, but it "clogged up and I tried to unclog it. " Wingert pulled loose the clog of corn stalks, from a huge corkscrew device known as an auger. He prided himself on doing it fast, while the auger was still running. Then he slipped on dust from the corn stalks, fell against the whirling corkscrew, and his life changed.
May 27, 1995
In 1970, the federal government tried to give workers a little more protection against the dangers they can encounter on the job. For 25 years since, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has tracked and sought to curb the ills, injuries and fatalities of the workplace. Backed by its research arm, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, it has urged precautions, drafted rules and levied fines in an effort to make job sites safer. The successes of OHSA and NIOSH - such as discovering a way to reduce the number of deaths from trench cave-ins - have not only spared many workers from calamity, but also saved many employers workers' compensation costs and production downtime.
May 11, 1995 |
Parents and Downingtown Area School District officials disagree on how sick the six-year-old Shamona Creek Elementary School is, but a federal safety agency has been asked to examine the building. Debbie Seibert-Smith, a parent of two children who attend the school in Wallace Township, believes the air in the building, which houses 866 district children, made her previously healthy children ill, she said. "Both my kids came down with bronchitis and pneumonia, and now they both have scarred lungs," said Seibert-Smith.