21 February 19
"Silicosis death dust audit reveals 'major epidemic worse than asbestos'
ABC News reported on 21 February 2019:
"An audit of Queensland's manufacturing stone industry has revealed 98 workers have contracted the potentially deadly lung disease silicosis — 15 of those terminal — with more than 550 workplace breaches in what health experts are calling a major epidemic.
The youngest sufferer diagnosed so far was 23 years old and had worked in the industry for six years.
The audit was ordered by the Queensland Government in late 2018, after it emerged a handful of stonemasons had been diagnosed with the incurable disease."
Guarda Group Technology May Prevent Silicosis Death
Guarda Group’s on-tool technology has the potential to prevent future silicosis deaths.
Guarda Group’s Managing Director Craig Penty visited Brisbane last week, presenting at a conference as well as meeting with Workplace Health and Safety to discuss joint testing on the Guarda equipment.
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