An Illinois man is writing a book to expose the dangers of silica dust, a dangerous substance that two million workers are exposed to every year. Silica dust exposure can cause workers to develop the condition silicosis, an incurable lung disease. Workers in glass manufacturing, quarrying, construction and mining are all at risk for silica dust exposure.
The book will talk about the author’s father, his career working with grouts in the ceramic tile industry, and his eventual battle with silicosis. At 75-years-old, the man has lost both kidneys and is currently on dialysis. According to the author’s father, there were no warnings from his employer that silica dust could lead to a painful and incurable lung disease. Silicosis forced him into an early retirement in 2001.
How Does Silicosis Affect Workers?
Silicosis is caused when workers inhale tiny bits of silica, and the condition can take decades to develop. Silica is a common mineral found in sand, rock and other ores. Workers eventually develop symptoms such as shortness of breath, severe cough, fever and night sweats. Over time, the condition can worsen and possibly lead to respiratory failure.
Silicosis is not the only health condition caused by inhaling silica dust. Recently, researchers associated with the University of Louisville found a connection between silica dust and lung cancer. The study was published in the journal Nature Communications
, and covers how silica dust affects cancer progression.
Workers who have developed silicosis can contact an attorney to discuss options for receiving workers’ compensation or disability benefits. For more information on silicosis, continue to explore our website.
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