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Health alert: silica exposure in construction workers.
Connecticut Department of Health
Hartford, CT: State of Connecticut Department of Public Health, 2009 Oct; :1-2
Hundreds of workers with silicosis die each year in the U.S. and hundreds more become disabled and are unable to take care of themselves or their families. Since 1968, more than 14,000 workers in the U.S. have died from silicosis and more than one million workers are at risk of developing silicosis. The construction industry has one of the highest numbers of deaths due to silicosis. When workers inhale silica dust deep into the lungs, silica particles scar lungs, causing a disabling, irreversible, and incurable lung disease called silicosis. Silicosis is 100% preventable and there are a variety of things that employers and workers can do to reduce the risks of silicosis. Employers need to train their workers about the health effects, work practices, and protective equipment available to prevent exposure to crystalline silica dust.
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Health alert: silica exposure in construction workers
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division