Public Health

The biggest lung disease crisis since asbestos: silicosis in stonemasons

Silicosis is no longer a ‘historical’ disease, according to respiratory physicians who are sounding the alarm about a rapidly-emerging crisis among stonemasons exposed to silica dust while cutting stone for kitchen benchtops. Clinics are seeing rapidly increasing numbers of  cases  in workers of all ages who cut, grind and polish engineered stone for kitchen and ...

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