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Bathtub Refinishers’ Deaths Renew Debate: Label Products or Ban?

June 7, 2017, 3:27 PM

Federal and state agencies have attributed the deaths of at least 17 bathtub refinishers since 2000 to the workers’ exposure to the paint stripper methylene chloride, prompting government actions.

The recent death of yet another bathtub refinisher is being investigated by a Tennessee labor agency.

“Investigators from the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration continue to look into the events surrounding the workplace fatality of Kevin Hartley in April of this year,” Chris Cannon, communications director for the agency, told Bloomberg BNA June 6.

Cannon referred to the April 28 death of 21-year-old Kevin Hartley of Ashland City, Tenn. His...

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