The Queensland Government says almost 100 workers in the state have been diagnosed with silicosis, the deadly lung disease.
The state government said its up to employers to protect the health of their workers.
At least 98 workers in Queensland who work with engineered stone have developed silicosis however one doctor fears the number may be much higher.
It was recently revealed that workshops that produce engineered stone benchtops were issued with 552 breaches for unsafe practices including dry cutting and inadequate protective equipment. Ten businesses were fined a total of $36,000 for not complying with improvement orders.
Of the people diagnosed, 15 cases are considered terminal. Eight hundred workers are undergoing testing at a cost of $1.5 billion.
The government says it did everything to prevent the crisis and that these cases are the fault of the employers whose responsibility it was to protect the health and safety of its workers.