Steven Stellman - 9/11-related experiences and tasks of landfill and barge workers: qualitative analysis from the World Trade Center Health Registry

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      Ekenga, C. C., Scheu, K. E., Cone, J. E., Stellman, S. D.,   Farfel, M. R. 11 321-

      Abstract: BACKGROUND: Few studies have   documented the experiences of individuals who participated in the   recovery and cleanup efforts at the World Trade Center Recovery   Operation at Fresh Kills Landfill, on debris loading piers, and   on transport barges after the September 11, 2001 terrorist   attack. METHODS: Semi-structured telephone interviews were   conducted with a purposive sample of workers and volunteers from   the World Trade Center Health Registry. Qualitative methods were   used to analyze the narratives. RESULTS: Twenty workers and   volunteers were interviewed. They described the transport of   debris to the Landfill via barges, the tasks and responsibilities   associated with their post-9/11 work at the Landfill, and their   reflections on their post-9/11 experiences. Tasks included   sorting through debris, recovering human remains, searching for   evidence from the terrorist attacks, and providing food and   counseling services. Exposures mentioned included dust, fumes,   and odors. Eight years after the World Trade Center disaster,   workers expressed frustration about poor risk communication   during recovery and cleanup work. Though proud of their   contributions in the months after 9/11, some participants were   concerned about long-term health outcomes. CONCLUSIONS: This   qualitative study provided unique insight into the experiences,   exposures, and concerns of understudied groups of 9/11 recovery   and cleanup workers. The findings are being used to inform the   development of subsequent World Trade Center Health Registry   exposure and health assessments.

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