According to the report, 50 workers in the 67-year-old Niagara Falls factory have fallen ill -- three times the number that would have been expected in the normal population.
Reporter Jim Morris said that federal investigators pointed to a substance called ortho-toluidine as the root cause of the elevated bladder cancer risk. The substance was made by DuPont and there is new evidence that the company knew ortho-toluidine caused cancer in animals since the '50s. "It didn't formally notify Goodyear until 1977 that there 'might' be a problem with this chemical and even then it was not a very firm warning," explained Morris.
For Harry Weist (pictured with his wife, Diane), bladder cancer struck his family twice -- first, when his father-in-law, also a Goodyear worker, was diagnosed -- then, when he himself was diagnosed, in...
Monday, December 16, 2013
Chemical at Goodyear Plant Linked to Bladder Cancer in 50 Workers
Bladder cancer has been a persistent medical condition in the petrochemical industry. It usually appears in clusters of workers as many are exposed at one time to chemicals that cause this compensable condition. Often medical monitoring is a remedy available under workers' compensation and sometimes a claim against the suppliers and producers of the chemical used is available. Today's post is shared from npr.org.
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