New York State Releases New WTC Responder Mortality Figures
October 30, 2008
As part of the federally funded World Trade Center (WTC) Responder Fatality Investigation Program, the New York State Department of Health, in cooperation with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, continues to identify all deaths among rescue and recovery workers who responded to the WTC disaster between September 11, 2001, and June 30, 2002, regardless of how or why the death occurred. In recently released data covering all fatalities through September 2008, the program's outreach efforts have led to the identification of 664 people who worked at the WTC site and have subsequently died. In addition, the program has confirmed 352 causes of death, which are identified from death certificates, autopsies and/or medical records.
The state and city Health Departments and other institutions are analyzing these data. Conclusions about mortality rates are premature until analyses are completed.
Included in the study are police officers, firefighters, construction and demolition workers, Emergency Medical Service technicians and other health professionals and volunteers who worked at the WTC site, on the barges or at the Staten Island landfill. The data is collected from a variety of sources such as newspapers, medical examiners and county coroners, unions, police, family members and WTC health programs, including the WTC Health Registry. An attempt is made to gather information on each casualty's demographics, cause of death, health status before and after the collapse of the WTC, kinds of exposure and autopsy results, if available.
The WTC Health Registry estimates that more than 91,000 workers and volunteers participated in WTC rescue and recovery operations. Findings from the New York State mortality study will help gauge the extent of 9/11-related health problems among this group. For more information, or to report a death, call 518-402-7900.