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.