Assemblyman Joseph Saladino joined the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health by urging all workers and volunteers who aided in the rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts of the World Trade Center site, to safeguard their workers’ compensation benefits by registering with the State Workers’ Compensation Board prior to the August 14, 2007 deadline.
Thousands of dedicated New Yorkers worked at the site, and now, five years later, many of the responders are becoming sick and worse. There are many long-term health effects associated with breathing this dust, according to a study coordinated by Mount Sinai Medical Center.
“The brave men and women who aided in the rescue efforts, recovery or cleanup did so with a sense of duty,” said Saladino. “Now, years after their efforts, many are experiencing health problems related to this exposure. If you assisted in any way, you may be eligible to register for workers’ compensation benefits. I urge everyone who participated in the efforts to review the eligibility requirements and file your claim before the deadline.”
If you performed paid or unpaid rescue, recovery or cleanup work in Lower Manhattan during the year after September 11, 2001, you may be eligible for medical and wage replacement benefits. Individuals need to register with the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board before August 14, 2007 if you worked or volunteered:
- anywhere in Manhattan south of Canal or Pike Streets, or
- on the barge operation between Lower Manhattan and Staten Island, or
- at the Staten Island landfill, or
- at the New York City morgue; AND
- are currently sick, psychologically distressed and have not filed a workers’ compensation claim;
- are not sick, but were exposed;
- have filed and been denied; and
- have filed a successful claim but are concerned that you might develop a different illness in the future.
For complete information, eligibility requirements and to obtain all the necessary registration forms, visit the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health Web site at www.nycosh.org, or call toll-free 1-866-WTC-2556.