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Celebrated 9/11 worker health advocate dies

Dr. James M Melius, a nationally-recognised advocate for US workers’ safety and health rights, has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 69.

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The current research director at the New York State Tri-Funds Administrator and Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, Dr. Melius was one of the architects of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which established an extensive programme of medical monitoring and healthcare services for first responders, volunteers and survivors of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks.

He helped create the National Construction Safety and Health Research Program and worked closely with the Laborers’ International Union of North America for 24 years as well as other building trades unions, and the International Association of Firefighters.

He also worked to protect workers from exposure to asbestos and other dangerous toxins on work sites, and to ensure that those who developed diseases as a result of workplace exposure received support.

 

Nic Warburton is acting editor, IOSH Magazine

 Nick Warburton is acting editor of IOSH Magazine. He is a former editor of SHP and has also worked on Local Authority Waste and Recycling and Environmental Health Practitioner

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