Time Period: BE 1944-1956; AWE 1945-1957; Residual Radiation 1958-March 1, 2011
Facility Type: Atomic Weapons Employer Beryllium Vendor
Facility Description: Norton manufactured refractory products from boron, beryllium, uranium, thorium, and magnesium oxide for the MED and the AEC.
As early as 1943, Norton was providing boron to the SAM laboratory. Documents show that Norton began working with beryllium for the MED in approximately September 1944 and that work with beryllium continued through 1956. Work with thorium and uranium continued through 1957 at Norton’s Worcester location.
Norton continued to manufacture refractory products until at least 1965 for the AEC weapons complex, including Rocky Flats, Hanford and Y-12. However, after 1957 these contracts specified that the refractory products were to be made out of magnesium oxide. Since magnesium oxide is not radioactive, Norton’s work with it does not qualify it as an Atomic Weapons Employer for these years.
During the period of residual contamination, as designated by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and as noted in the dates above, employees of subsequent owners and operators of this facility are also covered under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act.
Special Exposure Cohort (SEC) Classes:
All AWE employees who worked at the Norton Company in Worcester, Massachusetts, from January 1, 1945 through December 31, 1957, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment, or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees in the Special Exposure Cohort.
All atomic weapons employees who worked in any building or area at the facility owned by the Norton Co. (or a subsequent owner) in Worcester, Massachusetts, during the period from January 1, 1958 through October 10, 1962, for a number of work days aggregating at least 250 work days, occurring either solely under this employment or in combination with work days within the parameters established for one or more other classes of employees included in the Special Exposure Cohort.
Norton Co. is listed as an Atomic Weapons Employer (AWE) from 1945-2009, and as a Beryllium Employer (BE) from 1944-1956 under the EEOICPA.
As of 08/10/2015, the total compensation paid under Parts B and E of the EEOICPA, including medical compensation, for workers suffering from the effects of having worked at Norton Company is $15,388,391.
Norton Company Workers:
If you or your parent worked at this or any other AWE facility and became ill, you may be entitled to compensation of up to $150K plus medical benefits from the US Department of Labor. Call EEOICPA Counsel Hugh Stephens at 1-855-EEOICPA (336-4272) or fill out the form to the right, whether or not you have already filed a claim and even if your claim has been accepted or denied.
We can help with all OWCP (Federal Workers Compensation) claims, impairments, wage loss and health care. 2495 Main Street, Suite 442 Buffalo, NY.
NIOSH SEC Petition Evaluation Reports
Petition 148 (Jan 1, 1945 to Dec 31, 1957)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00148, Report Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: July 7, 2009
Petition 173 (Jan 1, 1958 to Oct 31, 2009)
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00173, Rev #: 0
Report Submittal Date: January 24, 2011
SEC Petition Evaluation Report, Petition SEC-00173,
Rev #: Addendum 1
Report Submittal Date: August 4, 2011
A REVIEW OF NIOSH’S PROGRAM EVALUATON REPORT DCAS-PER-059, “NORTON COMPANY”
A FOCUSED REVIEW OF THE NORTON COMPANY SEC PETITION EVALUATION REPORT SEC-00173 CONCERNING THE USE OF ORAUT-OTIB-0070 FOR THE RECONSTRUCTION OF DOSES FROM RESIDUAL/POST-OPERATIONAL CONTAMINATION