$250 billion per year! That is a staggering amount of money. This is an estimate of what occupational injuries and illness cost the American economy every year.
Today when I opened the newspaper and saw this article from the New York Times I became angry. The article discusses Sheri Farley from North Carolina. Ms. Farley is about the age I was when I began my downward spiral from mold exposure at work. Ms. Farley was exposed to n-propyl bromide daily as she worked in a furniture manufacturing plant spraying glues on foam cushions. She now suffers from neurological disorders.
What I found very disturbing about this article was that even though many of her fellow co-workers were becoming ill and OSHA records show that managers at her work place repeatedly exposed gluers to n-propyl bromide at levels that exceeded levels considered safe by federal officials. These workers were also not provided respirators and fans meant to vent fumes were turned off.
The most disturbing of all is this quote from the article: Royale has not switched away from the nPB glues, managers said, because alternatives did not work well, were sometimes more dangerous and were almost always more expensive.
Read the article in its entirety here.