LA governor tackles oil spill workers health and safety concerns

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's secretaries of health and environmental quality ask for a federal investigation of oil spill worker conditions and safety.

And Gov. Bobby Jindal signed an order Friday to let out-of-state paramedics help with emergency care for those workers. Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine and Environmental Quality Secretary Peggy Hatch write that daily reports of injuries and illness have them worried that workers don't get proper protection.

They say BP reportedly may bring 3,000 more cleanup workers to Louisiana, and the agencies want to ensure that all workers get the training, protective equipment and supplies they need.

The letter says the health department has begun "an aggressive surveillance and monitoring system to catalog worker-related illnesses and exposure complaints."

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