An interesting article in USA Today reports that a number of IBM workers who spend time working in manufacturing plants, especially those in East Fishkill, NY and Burlington, VT, developed cancer later in life. These alleged worksite injuries are raising concern among former IBM employees.
One 55-year-old woman who worked in an IBM plant during the 1970s believes that the company is to blame for her bladder cancer, emphysema and other ailments.
We ate with the chemicals on our hands. Our coffee cups were out where the chemicals were,” says Walker, of Johnson City, N.Y., who left IBM in 1993 and is now on disability. “I’m miserable. My social life is sitting in this kitchen chair. I don’t feel IBM had the right to gamble anyone’s life away.”
While the research varies, many former IBM employees are concerned about their exposure to chemicals such as trichloroethylene (TCE), a suspected carcinogen that is no longer used at IBM.
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