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Workers’ Compensation News - June 30, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 16

 “Victims forgotten in asbestos proposal” Under Senator Hatch’s Forgiving Asbestos Industry Responsibility Act

Workers’ Compensation News - May 23, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 11
Labor Calls Senator Hatch’s Asbestos Bill Too Weak ... 5/22/2003 National Consumer Awareness Campaign Launched on Vermiculite Insulation Used in So...
Workers' Compensation News - June 22, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 15

Amputation Bonus--"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21).

n April 30, 2003, the President signed into law the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act of 2003 ("SEPPA"), which established a no-fault progra...
Benefits and Compensation for Smallpox Vaccine Injuries
n April 30, 2003, the President signed into law the Smallpox Emergency Personnel Protection Act of 2003 ("SEPPA"), which established a no-fault progra...
Asbestos Deaths Soaring

Asbestosis deaths among U.S. residents age 15 and over have increased from fewer than 100 in 1968 to more than 1,250 annually in 1999. the most recent year for which data are available, with no apparent leveling off of this trend.  

NJ Workers' Compensation Paid $1.1 Billion in 2000
 The Burden of Occupational Illness and Injury in New Jersey In New Jersey, there are approximately 4.0 million individuals employed in the work...
Senator Kennedy declares that a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome should not require genetic testing.
US Senate Releases Genetic Non-Discrimination Bill "Today our committee considers important legislation to prevent discrimination on the basis of gen...
Flight Attendants Demand Protection from Toxic Cabin Air

Patricia Friend, International President of the Association of Flight Attendants, AFL-CIO, will testify before the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee to expose the health effects of toxic cabin air in the aircraft cabin. 

World Trade Center Health Registry To Record Those Expose on 911 for Medical Followup

Those Closest to the WTC Site on Sept. 11, 2001 or the Weeks and Months that Followed are Urged to Call 311 or visit www.wtcregistry.org  The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) announced today that more than 6,500 people from 45 states and eight countries have signed up to be enrolled in the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Registry since its launch last Friday, September 5.

Workers’ Compensation News - June 14, 2002 Volume 1 Issue 14

"Amputation Bonus"--"...a worker, who suffers a work-related amputation of fingers that qualifies for an award of benefits for loss of a hand under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(8), also qualifies for an award of an amputation bonus under N.J.S.A. 34:15-12(c)(21).--Martinez v Silverline 2003 WL 21305487 (N.J. Super. AD) Decided 6.9.03 

Workers’ Compensation News - June 6, 2003 Volume 1 Issue 13
Senator Kennedy declares that a workers' compensation claim for carpal tunnel syndrome should not require genetic testing. US Senate Releases Genetic ...
Congoleum Corporation Amends Agreement to Settle Asbestos Claims

Congoleum Corporation (AMEX:CGM) reported today that it has executed certain amendments to the settlement agreement it entered into on April 10, 2003 with attorneys representing more than 75% of the known present claimants with asbestos claims pending against Congoleum and certain ancillary agreements relating to that settlement agreement. The amendments provide additional time for parties to review and respond to information required in order to participate in the settlement.

Senator Leahy Objects to Federal Asbestos Legislation As Unfair to Workers

I thank Chairman Hatch for calling this hearing on the asbestos litigation crisis, the third that the Committee has had since I convened the first one last September. Last fall, I hoped to begin a bipartisan dialogue about the best means for providing fair and efficient compensation to the current victims and those yet to come. My message today is simple: To end this crisis we need to re-start negotiations among the stakeholders and interested Senators to finish hammering out the details of an effective national trust fund for victims of asbestos-related disease. 

NIOSH Recommendations for Limiting Potential Exposures of Workers to Asbestos Associated with Vermiculite from Libby, Montana

 Vermiculite is a mineral that expands when rapidly heated. Expanded vermiculite is used in construction and consumer materials (e.g., loose-fill insulation, acoustic finishes, spray-on insulation, and concrete mixes for swimming pools), agricultural and horticultural products (e.g., potting mixes and soil conditioners) and in industrial products (e.g., brake shoes and pads, drilling muds, furnaces, and insulation blocks). Expanded vermiculite granules are shaped like small accordions, and vary in color from silver/gold to gray/brown.

 While retaining jurisdiction, the NJ Appellate Division remanded a case that was lingering for 10 years back to the Compensation Judge for an explanation on the record or in writing within 16 days. The Appellate Court stated, “…we do not know why petitioner’s claim did not get a hearing for so many years.”

Workplace poison

A CLASS-ACTION lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of workers in a now-closed factory in the city of Passaic recalls a tragic chapter in New Jersey's history. America's plastics industry was born in this state, but the dark side of that story is the exposure to toxic chemicals that has caused illness and death for an unknown number of workers.

The Hatch Asbestos Compensation Bill is Unfair to Workers

 Asbestos compensation legislation introduced by Senator Hatch is a regressive measure that relieves manufacturers, employers and insurers of liability and fails to provide fair compensation to victims of asbestos disease.

Labor Calls Senator Hatch’s Asbestos Bill Too Weak

The AFL-CIO is deeply disappointed by Senator Orrin Hatch’s decision to introduce a weak asbestos bill at this time, when negotiations between the interested parties were continuing. The business and insurance communities had promised to make a new offer to the AFL-CIO in negotiations today, but announced this morning that they have been instructed by Senator Hatch to cease their private negotiations with the labor movement. 

National Consumer Awareness Campaign Launched on Vermiculite Insulation Used in Some Home Attics

 The federal government today launched a national consumer awareness campaign to provide homeowners with important information on vermiculite attic insulation, which may contain asbestos. This new campaign, coordinated by EPA and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), instructs homeowners on how to identify vermiculite attic insulation and recommends that people make every effort to not disturb it. Since some vermiculite attic insulation can contain very low levels of microscopic asbestos fibers, it is important that consumers are aware of the precautions they can take to protect against disturbing and inhaling the asbestos fibers.

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