Silicosis is a deadly disease that has affected more people in Australia than we previously realised.
The Queensland Government has announced an immediate crackdown on dry-cutting artificial stone benchtops after dozens more workers have been discovered who are suffering from the life-threatening lung disease.
The government has been looking for silicosis risks and found that stonemasons dry cutting stone bench tops was a serious risk, causing the irreversible condition.
Silicosis is contracted when workers breath in tiny particles of silica dust that settle in the lungs.
The government audit visited 10 workplaces which resulted in 26 people being discovered who are suffering from silicosis, 6 of them in the serious category. In the last 3 weeks, 22 cases were discovered with government expressing their shock at the dangerous practices at some of the workplaces including a lack of ventilation, lack of PPE and dry cutting and grinding.
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