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The Curse of PCPs Maori Television 19 October 2011

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Posted 19 October 2011 - 08:24 PM

Helping hand for PCP affected

By Susan Sandys October 19 2011

www.ashburtonguardian.co.nz/news/todays-news/5509-helping-hand-for-pcp-affected.html

Mid Canterbury sawmill workers who were exposed to pentachlorophenol (PCP) welcome a Ministry of Health support service.

Eric Meaclen of Methven started in the industry at the age of 18, and is now 55. He worked with PCP, a timber treatment agent, at the Methven mill in the 1970s and 1980s.
"It (timber) was dripping wet (with PCP). I used to use my bare hands on it," Mr Meaclen said.
"Because we didn't think there was anything wrong with it back then."

PCP-KGHe was considering registering his interest with the Ministry of Health-provided Sawmill Workers' Service, through which he can receive free annual health checks.

Today he still works in the industry, and said he did not appear to be suffering any ill-effects, but has to wear hearing aids as a result of not wearing ear muffs in his early years. He recalls a cut on his hand took six months to heal when he worked with PCP, and thought at the time that the agent had probably inhibited the healing process.

Fred Tate of Lyndhurst is 62, and worked as a sawmiller on and off, including at the former Winslow mill and in Methven, from the 1970s to 2006.
Today he has heart problems, but believes they are family-inherited. He also suffers shortness of breath, but believes that could be due to his heart problems.
He thinks the service is a good idea, and said he may register with it in the future.
He said the PCP used to arrive in powder form in bags, and it would be mixed up with water and sprayed onto the timber. The timber was then stacked by hand, but Mr Tate said he did wear gloves.
Breathing in the fumes could not always be avoided.
"It depended which way the wind was blowing," Mr Tate said.

The Ministry of Health sawmill workers' service has operated throughout the country since November last year.
The ministry has put public notices in newspapers this month informing about the service, prior to a Maori TV special documentary tonight, titled The Curse of PCP.

Pictured: Sawmill worker Eric Meaclen welcomes a Ministry of Health support service for those exposed to timber treatment agent PCP.

Photo Kirsty Graham.

10:00pm Maori TV The Curse of P.C.P
Harrowing insight into the ongoing effects of toxic chemicals on former workers at a Whakatane timber factory and their fight to have the Government acknowledge the cause of their work-related illnesses.
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