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Flyers being sued by two members of the medical team for an unsafe work environment

Published April 18, 2022 at 1:49 PM

Today it was revealed that the Philadelphia Flyers are being sued by two members of their athletic training staff. Jim McCrossin, 64, and Sal Raffa, 42, have worked for the Flyers since 2000 and 2004 respectively. The two men have recently received the same medical diagnosis.

McCrossin and Raffa allege that the diagnosis stems from a work environment in which they were unknowingly exposed to cancer-causing carcinogens. The two men were diagnosed with nearly identical and incurable blood diseases and/or cancer a few months apart in the Spring and Summer of 2021.

According to Crossing Broad :

After exhaustive research, the pair allege the contraction of these diseases was the result of excessive exposure to cancer-causing carcinogens that are emitted from Zambonis, used to cut and clean the ice surface at the Flyers practice facility, and the result of the training room, where they have worked for the past two decades, butting up against the Zamboni room where these carcinogenic chemicals were potentially ingested extensively due to inappropriate ventilation or through a shared drainage system.

The Flyers have issued the following statement:

The safety of our employees and guests at the Flyers Training Center and all of our facilities is always a top priority for us. We have looked into the allegations made by Jim McCrossin and Sal Raffa over the course of several months, and, based on that, believe that their claims have no merit. Beyond that, we cannot comment further given that this matter is in litigation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with both Raffa and McCrossin as they undergo this battle.
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