After the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, 1,500 sanitation workers were dispatched to Ground Zero.
These workers – most from the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY) – contributed enormously to search-and-rescue efforts, even as the department continued to provide its regular services of refuse collection and street cleaning.
In total, the workers removed more than 1.6 million tons of debris from Ground Zero in an operation that concluded on June 7, 2002, according to the Sanitation Foundation.
Many workers were also deployed to the Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island to screen debris.
At the time, these workers were told the air was safe to breathe.
Today, sanitation workers who were near Ground Zero have a higher risk of developing 68 different types of cancer and many respiratory illnesses – similar to other 9/11 first responders and people who were then working, living, or studying in Lower Manhattan.
On Monday, April 11, 2022, at 6:00 p.m., Barasch & McGarry will present a free DSNY 9/11 Health Webinar with information on how to access health care and compensation from the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program and the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).
The webinar will feature retired DSNY District Superintendent and 9/11 responder Sal Annerino, Sanitation Foundation Executive Director Julie Raskin, as well as medical professionals and 9/11 community advocates.
RSVP at www.911victims.org/DSNY.
Barasch & McGarry represents nearly 600 sanitation workers from Ground Zero and Fresh Kills.
If you were in Lower Manhattan on or after 9/11, you are eligible to register with the WTC Health Program and the 9/11 VCF – even if you are currently healthy.
Call 212-385-8000 or visit www.911victims.org today.