Silicosis Claims Young Workers Life

A Gold Coast tradesman who was diagnosed with silicosis, the deadly lung disease has died.

Anthony White, the 36 year old tradie was diagnosed in November 2017 and since then has highlighted the consequences of prolonged exposure and lack of protection against exposure to silica dust.

Silicosis is the scarring of the lung tissue caused by silica dust inhalation.

Mr White was the first Queensland worker from the engineered stone industry with the illness to have passed away.

WorkSafe highlighted the importance of preventing further tragedies of this nature by ensuring employers meet their obligations to provide safer workplaces.

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Deadly Lung Disease- Silicosis Affecting Tradies Around Australia

Silicosis is the deadly lung disease affecting tradewokers around Australia and the problem is worse than we thought.
A recent article on 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.

Silica Dust a Cancer Risk to Tradespeople


The Cancer Council Australia has warned that over half a million Australians are at risk of getting cancer from silica dust exposure at work, particularly workers on farms, in mines and in construction and demolition jobs.

These people are exposed to silica dust which has been linked to 230 cases of lung cancer every year.

The Cancer Council warns that silica dust is surprisingly common, and is found in rock, gravel, clay, tiles, bricks, concrete and even some plastic and once inhaled can lead to lung cancer.

Employers and workers must ensure they have adequate ventilation and use the necessary personal respiratory equipment when involved in activities that generate silica dust or release silica into the air.

Even people doing their own home renovations should be aware of the risks.  Source: