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Cutting quartz countertops can lead to a fatal lung disease

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2024 | Uncategorized

Quartz countertops are popular in homes. Crafting and installing these beautiful counters are dangerous for workers. Fine dust particles known as crystalline silica are released when workers cut or grind the quartz.

People who breathe in silica dust can suffer from a condition called silicosis. It causes the lungs to become inflamed. Silicosis can happen suddenly after a short exposure to larger amounts of silica dust, but long-term exposure to even tiny amounts can also cause problems.

Silicosis can cause serious symptoms. These include feeling fatigued, coughing and having trouble breathing. As the disease progresses, the symptoms get worse. Ultimately, the respiratory system can fail.

Reducing exposure to silica dust

Employers should set up safety rules to cut down on exposure to silica dust. Using ventilation systems or water to control the dust can help. Anyone working with quartz should have special masks and other personal protective equipment. They should also go through regular health checkups. Everyone who works near quartz should be taught about the risks. They should understand the safety rules and symptoms of silicosis.

Workers can suffer

The health risks of silica exposure can have a big effect on workers and the quartz industry. Finding ways to cut down on exposure to silica dust can help the industry and the workers at the same time.

A worker who handles quartz and starts to feel symptoms of silicosis should go to the doctor right away. The cost of medical care should be taken care of by workers’ compensation. That program might have other benefits for workers, but those depend on the situation. Seeking legal assistance may help workers get all the benefits they should from workers’ compensation when they’re sickened due to a work-related illness.


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