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June 10, 2019
Australian Tradies Being Exposed to Silica May Develop Deadly Lung Disease
The hazard of construction dust and fine particles such as the dust released by cutting kitchen benchtops should never be underestimated because something as simple as a breathing mask could be life-saving.
Silicosis is caused by inhaling small particles of silica dust, which can affect construction workers and stonemasons in particular.
With a number of new cases being discovered recently, there are fears of an epidemic.
A recent post on 9News.com.au revealed the case of one stonemason who recently discovered he had the deadly disease. Doctors have prescribed an inhaler to help relieve the pain but say the man will one day only find relief from an oxygen tank. The disease is fatal unless a lung transplant is done.
Peter Cutforth is a Director at Urban E-Learning, a global elearning and web strategy firm based in George St Brisbane. Peter's interests extend to training, safety and compliance, online marketing, and Mobile Apps.