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OSHA Identifies Hazards and Risks of World Trade Center 911 Worksite

 A green line, painted around the perimeter of the World Trade Center (WTC) site, defined the recovery area. Within and around this boundary, OSHA worked for 10 months with its partners in safety and health to protect the well-being of workers on the site. Within that space, no workers lost their lives in the recovery effort that followed the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Workers' Compensation News - October 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 239
 Recent decisions posted to our web site:  -CMS MEDICARE SECONDARY PAYER ACT: ALLEGED OVERPAYMENT COULD NOT BE WAIVED -EXCLUSIVITY BAR -S...
GAO Concludes That Improvements Are Needed to Enchance Medicare's Secondary Payer Debt Recovery Process

 GOA concluded in a recent report that Medicare's system for recovering MSP debt from EGHP's is no longer cost-effective. CMS presentl;y is recovering only 38 cents for every dollar it spent on recovering activities in fiscal-year 2003. A major finding was that contractiors were funded at a rate that exceed their workload. The report also found that CMS failed to trnsmit cases to contractors and that inhibited recovery. CMS plans to launch a new recovery system that has been undevelopment for the last 6 years to increase the efficiency of its recovery operations.

Vioxx Recalled Worldwide

 Vioxx was voluntarily recalled on September 30, 2004, by drug giant Merck following information that people taking Vioxx are twice as likely to have heart attacks and strokes as people who take older anti-inflammatory drugs, such as naproxen. 

Workers' Compensation News - October 12, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 239

Vioxx Recalled Worldwide--How to Apply for a Handicapped Placard--Ford Door Latch Personal Litigation--CMS Assist(tm) - New Support Group for Professionals--Gelman to Speak at NOSSCR on Medicare

Workers' Compensation News - January 25, 2004 Volume 2 Issue 4

Silica Exposure and Systemic Vasculitis: Work in Department of Energy (DOE) facilities has exposed workers to multiple toxic agents leading to acute and chronic diseases. Many exposures were common to numerous work sites. Exposure to crystalline silica was primarily restricted to a few facilities. -- President Bush Recognizes $2 Billion Federal Workers' Compensation Losses: The cost of Federal workplace injuries, when measured by workers' compensation losses, is more than $2 billion and 2 million lost production days annually. In fiscal year 2003, the Federal workforce of almost 2.7 million filed more than 168,000 injury claims. -- Amicus to "twist government's arm" on corporate crime: A trade union says it intends to increase the pressure on ministers if the government fails to introduce a corporate killing law.  

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