Free Health Screenings Offered to Area Coal Miners

Last Updated on Jul 6, 2018 at 9:18am | Health & Social

Article courtesy of NCWV Media - The Republican. Staff Writer: Brenda Ruggiero.
 
 
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will offer a series of free, confidential health screenings to coal miners in Maryland and West Virginia.
 
The screenings are intended to provide early detection of coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung, a serious but preventable occupational lung disease caused by breathing respirable coal mine dust. All coal miners (current, former, underground, surface, and contract) are encouraged to participate.
 
The health screenings will be provided through the state-of-the-art NIOSH mobile testing unit at community locations from July 16-20. Walk-ins are accepted, though miners are urged to call 1-888-480-4042 to schedule an appointment.
 
Screening locations:
 
• Casselman Mine (for mine employees only), 865 Durst Road, Grantsville, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, July 16th
• Holiday Inn, 1076 National Highway, LaVale, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17th
• Walmart, 148 Walmart Road, Keyser, W.Va., 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18th
• Shop ’n Save, 371 William Avenue, Davis, W.Va., 8 a.m to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 19th
• Mt. Storm Volunteer Fire Department, 16521 George Washington Highway, Mt. Storm, W.Va., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 20th