deadline nears for 9/11 workers
If you aided in the
rescue, recovery or cleanup efforts of the World Trade Center ruins, it is important
that you register no later than Aug. 13 with the New York State Workers
Compensation Board. By registering, you will preserve your right to file a Workers
Compensation claim, in case you get sick in the future.
Without a second
thought, tens of thousands of people rushed to help after the terrorist attacks.
Thousands of others worked at the site in the year after 9/11 and now,
over six years later, many of those responders are becoming sick, and some are
Last summer, the New York State Workers Compensation Law
was changed to allow workers and volunteers who worked in the World Trade Centers
vicinity to file a claim for Workers Compensation if they have or develop
in the future a 9/11-related illness. But to do so, rescue, recovery and cleanup
workers and volunteers must register with the Workers Compensation Board
no later than Aug. 13.
For detailed information, contact your union, visit
the NYCOSH Web site at www.nycosh.org,
or call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline, 1-866-WTC-2556. Information is available
in Spanish and English.