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 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.

Stonemasons Suffering Because of lack of WHS Adherence

Stonemasons are suffering from silicosis and associated diseases because of a lack of adherence to workplace health and safety laws.

Tradie Cameron Harper is one of those suffering from silicosis because he didn’t realise how serious the risks were of not wearing the appropriate protection. The 27 year old former stonemason has now been diagnosed with silicosis.

Silicosis is a serious and possibly life-threatening disease which is caused by exposure to silica or quartz dust.It involves the scarring of lungs which eventually causes respiratory impairment and in some people requires a lung transplant and may be fatal.

The scary part about silicosis in Australia is that it is on the rise, despite it declining globally. This spike in occupational exposure is believed to be due to the risk in engineered or artificial stone products, commonly used for kitchen benchtops.

As a tradie, what you suspect to be a persistent chest infection could actually be more serious.

Find out more at: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/the-kitchen-trend-killing-our-tradies/news-story/91af922c5ee0f6d9d4de502f5ed49073