Silicosis is the deadly lung disease affecting tradewokers around Australia and the problem is worse than we thought.
A recent article on 9News.com.au highlighted the story of one tradie who is suffering from the disease and has to use an inhaler to receive some relief from the pain. Doctors say one day he will have to use an oxygen tank.
The disease is fatal unless the patient receives a lung transplant.
Miners, construction workers and engineers are at risk but stonemasons are at particularly high risk because of the dust released when cutting kitchen benchtops, and the lack of suitable protection like breathing masks.