NIOSH to provide coal miners with free health screenings

West Virginia
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The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) provided free and confidential health screenings to area coal miners on Monday, August 6th. 

All current and former coal miners in West Virginia and Ohio are encouraged to participate. 

This includes underground, contract and surface miners. 

The screenings took place in the Cabela’s at The Highlands in Lot G from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

They are intended to give early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung. It is a serious, but preventable lung disease caused by breathing coal mine dust. 

Other screening locations and dates are: 

  • Tuesday, August 7 – UMWA Building – 260 Bethany Pike, Wheeling, WV – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, August 8 – Grandview Park – 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, August 9 – Hopedale Volunteer Fire Department – 103 Firehouse Lane, Hopedale, WV – 8:00 a.m.to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, August 10 – Rural King – 1203 Front Street, SW, New Philadelphia, OH – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Monday, August 13 – Cambridge City Park – Corner of Edgewood Avenue and N 8th Street, Cambridge, OH – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, August 14  – Zanesville North End Walmart – 2580 Maple Avenue, Zanesville, OH – 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, August 15 – Woodsfield City Municipal Building – 221 S. Main Street, Woodsfield, OH – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, August 16 – Buckingham Mine #6, Buckingham Coal Co. – 14755 Township Highway 295, Corning, OH – 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, August 17 – Athens Walmart – 929 E. State Street, Athens, OH – 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

Walk-ins are accepted, but miners can make an appointment by calling 1-888-480-4042. 

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