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IN BRIEF: NIEHS

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Officials from the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) said that clean-up contractors at the World Trade Center failed to issue their employees with correct safety equipment at the beginning of rescue works, creating a 'very dangerous working environment'. During a visit at the end of September, the NIEHS noted that only 50% of 1,400 construction workers were wearing eye protection, and respiratory protection was rare. Draft issues of the Site Environmental Heath & Safety Plan, drafted by Bechtel, showed 'a complete lack of overall site co-ordination on this multi-employer site'. Since September 11, the site has seen more than 1,000 construction injuries, 10% of which were to the eyes.

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