According to a story on Newsday.com, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has decided the workers’ cases alleging dust disease from the WTC cleanup can proceed against the Port Authority and New York City. The defendants argued that they were immune from suit. Contract workers and emergency workers were brought in to clean up the aftermath of the attack. They were not properly warned of the dangers lurking in the area, included severe dust hazards. In addition the workers were not given adequate safety protection for the work environment. For example, some workers were given dust masks, when the environment cleary mandated they be given fresh air masks.
Workers exposed to the ground zero dust have died from illnesses related to their exposures. Even more workers have severe illnesses related to their work at ground zero.