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Faces of black lung.
Wolfe AL; Petsonk EL; Urban CW
Morgantown, WV: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-131, 2008 Jun; :DVD
There are currently about 42,000 underground coal miners actively working in the United States. Mining and the production of coal is crucial to our Nation's economy and we must protect the health of every miner. Every year, about 1,000 miners die from coal workers' pneumoconiosis or 'black lung disease' caused by exposure to coal mine dust. Black lung disease continues to occur today, but that does not need to happen. Black lung disease and death are entirely preventable. In this video you will hear from two coal miners. Both of these miners have been diagnosed with this devastating disease. They want to share their stories and provide a little insight on how their lives have changed due to this disease.
Respiratory-system-disorders; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Black-lung; Coal-workers-pneumoconiosis; Coal-miners; Coal-mining; Surveillance
Numbered Publication; Video
DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2008-131
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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