What you need to know about silicosis in the building industry
July 07, 2019
Silica containing materials have been thrown into the spotlight as a recent fatality highlights the dangers of exposure.
Over the past year, a number of Australian workers have been diagnosed with silicosis – a serious, irreversible lung disease caused by prolonged exposure to airborne dust that contains respirable crystalline silica.
While it’s not a new disease, the disturbing increase in the number of workers contracting silicosis has led to an unprecedented number of actions by governments and industry to protect workers from further exposure to this hazardous dust. It has also led to at least one law firm preparing a national class action against artificial stone benchtop manufacturers.