Today's News

Asbestos compensation battle resumes in '05

December 17, 2004
/ Print / Reprints /
ShareMore
/ Text Size+
The asbestos industry’s 24-year fight to pass legislation that would protect it from lawsuits by workers and others who have become ill as a result of exposure to asbestos will be renewed again in January, according to Senate Judiciary Committee’s new chairman, Arlen Specter (R-PA), as reported by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

In December meetings with representatives of asbestos companies, insurance companies, organized labor and trial lawyers, Specter said that he planned to introduce a revised version of the bill that died without coming to a vote in 2004.

According to media reports concerning the revised bill, it would require manufacturers that used asbestos and their insurance companies to contribute $140 billion to set up a trust fund to pay compensation to workers injured by asbestos. Workers would file claims against the fund, which would make payouts according to a schedule that assigns a specific value to each malady that can be caused by asbestos.

At the same time, it would make it impossible for anyone sickened by asbestos to sue for compensation. The bill would bring an end to all litigation over asbestos injuries, and eliminate compensation rights of people who were exposed to low levels of asbestos at work and of people whose exposure was not at work. With some very limited exceptions, those people would neither be eligible to sue or to file a claim against the trust fund.

An AFL-CIO official who is familiar with the Specter proposal and the reaction to it, told NYCOSH that "all of the stakeholders have objections to this bill, but the biggest objections are coming from industry and the insurers." Citing the bill’s accelerated schedule for paying into the fund, "they think that this bill is worse that the last version. They are saying, ‘We won the election, we have bigger majorities in both houses, why can’t we get a bill that is better for us instead of one that is worse?’"

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to ISHN.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

STAY CONNECTED

Facebook logo Twitter YouTubeLinkedIn Google + icon

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

ASSE Safety 2014 Review

A gallery of photos from the sprawling Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, where ASSE’s annual professional development conference was held June 8-11. All photos courtesy of the American Society of Safety Engineers.

9/9/14 2:00 pm EDT

Welding: It doesn't have to be a grind. The latest in respiratory protection and PPE for welders and grinder

Attendees of this webinar will gain knowledge of hazards and appropriate PPE for welding applications, regulatory drivers that are changing the landscape of PPE within welding applications and the latest product technologies being offered in welding PPE.

ISHN Magazine

ISHN_0814cov.jpg

2014 August

Check out ISHN's August issue which features content about pain prevention, forklift operation safety and a preview of the National Safety Congress and Expo.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

THE ISHN STORE

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\ISHN\safetyfourth.jpg
Safety Engineering, 4th Edition

A practical, solutions-driven reference, Safety Engineering, 4th edition, has been completely revised and updated to reflect many of today’s issues in safety.

More Products

For Distributors Only - May 2014

ISHN0514FDO_cover.jpgFor Distributors Only is ISHN's niche brand standard-sized magazine supplement aimed at an audience of 2,000 U.S. distributors that sell safety products. Circulation only goes to distributors. CHECK OUT THEMAY 2014 ISSUE OF FDO HERE

ishn infographics

2012 US workplace deathsCheck out ISHN's new Infographic page! Learn more about worker safety through these interactive images. CLICK HERE to view the page.