Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Bad Air

Randy Ludlow of The Columbus Dispatch reports that nearly five years after more than 100 workers became ill after breathing the fine mist of metalworking fluid at an Ohio brake plant, dozens remain disabled and out of work. In "Gasping for Help," Ludlow reveals that TRW Automotive did not break any OSHA rules because OSHA has no standards for metalworking fluids despite evidence that it is dangerous. What I like most about this story is that Ludlow took the time to follow up on old news to find out its long-term impact on people. He also impressively describes some of the brutal conditions at the plant.
Thanks to the good folks at Investigative Reporters and Editors for pointing out this story.


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