August 2, 2011. IRONTON, Ohio (AP) - A persistent mold
problem has led the Social Security Administration to close an office in
far southern Ohio until a replacement is ready.
The Social Security Administration on August 1, 2011, shut down its office in Ironton,
Ohio, where black mold was
first reported two years ago. 9 of the facility's 11 employees have filed
worker's compensation claims because of mold-related ailments, according
to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown's office.
Brown says in a statement that Ohioans shouldn't have to risk health and
safety by going to work each day. The workers will be transferred to
Social Security offices in Gallipolis, Portsmouth, Ashland, Ky., and
Huntington W. Va., and be paid for travel costs while work on a new
Ironton office is completed.
The Ironton Tribune reports the agency expects to reopen in Ironton in