NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 12, 1977
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(Studio) Uses of lead are many, but workers around it all day say it makes them sick.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(DC) Workers cite ailments at federal hearing and say employers do nothing with regard to health problems. [Former steelworker John CROSS - cites health problems; company says it's not from lead.] [Steelworker Joe SUAREZ - cites what company physician told him with regard to shots he recd.] Hearing with regard to proposed regulation to limit amts. of lead workers exposed to. [Former steelworker Raymond DENNIS - says his company claimed safety solely prerogative of company, not of union.] Will take time till regulation passed and put into effect.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson
(Skokie, Illinois) Workers at battery plant in Skokie, Illinois exposed to lead. Case of Ed Williams noted. [WILLIAMS - describes health problems.] Local union president says 35 of 150 workers at KW Battery Company have been poisoned by lead. [Union president Jerry BAPTISTE - says main problem is lack of ventilation to rid area of lead dust.] General manager of company disagrees and believes blood tests unreliable. [General manager John BARLASS - says evidence insufficient.] Govt. has fined plant for too much lead dust, but company plans to fight it in court
REPORTER: Eric Burns