Every year, 2 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to crystalline silica, which can cause silicosis, a disabling and sometimes fatal disease. About 300 deaths are attributed to silicosis annually. Inhaling airborne crystalline silica dust also has been associated with other diseases such as tuberculosis and lung cancer. However, silicosis is often misdiagnosed as pulmonary edema and pneumonia.
JOBS WITH HIGH LIKELIHOOD OF CAUSING SILICOSIS
- Cement Manufacturing
- Asphalt Pavement Manufacturing
- Foudry Industry
- Jackhammer Operations
- Rock/Well Drilling
- Concrete Mixing
- Concrete Tunneling
- Brick and Concrete Cutting
- Railroad Workers and Repair
- Soap Detergent Workers
- Glass Manufacturing
- Underground Miners
SYMPTOMS OF SILICOSIS
Early stages of the disease may go unnoticed. Continued exposure may result in shortness of breath while exercising, possible fever and occasionally bluish skin at the ear lobes or lips. Silicosis makes a person more susceptible to infectious diseases of the lungs such as tuberculosis. Progression of silicosis leads to fatigue, extreme shortness of breath, loss of appetite, pain in the chest, and respiratory failure, which may cause death. Acute silicosis may develop after short periods of exposure. Chronic silicosis usually occurs after 10 or more years of exposure to lower levels of quartz.
Legal Help For Victims Affected By Silicosis
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