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Document ID (ISN)109911
CIS number 09-860
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) de la Hoz R.E., Hill S., Chasan R., Bienenfeld L.A., Afilaka A.A., Wilk-Rivard E., Herbert R.
Title Health care and social issues of immigrant rescue and recovery workers at the World Trade Center site
Bibliographic information Dec. 2008, Vol.50, No.12, p.1329-1334. 9 ref.
Abstract This article reviews the experience of immigrant workers involved in rescue and recovery work at the World Trade Center (WTC). This group was comprised largely of male immigrants from Latin America (predominantly from Ecuador and Colombia) or from Eastern Europe (predominantly from Poland). Recent reports have begun to document the disproportionate burden of occupational hazards, injuries, and illnesses experienced by immigrant workers in the United States. The WTC experience of immigrants exemplified this burden but, additionally, highlighted that this burden is exacerbated by limitations in access to appropriate health care, disability and compensation benefits, and vocational rehabilitation services. A clinical programme, designed to address the complex medical and psychosocial needs of these workers, is described and was successfully established.
Descriptors (primary) first-aid and rescue organization; New York; psychology and sociology; occupational medicine; migrant workers; workmen's compensation; health services
Descriptors (secondary) USA; health programmes
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Generalities
Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) First aid and emergency organization
Health care services
Psychological factors
Workers' compensation