Posts Tagged ‘Black Lung Disease’

Today’s Mineworkers Face ‘Black Lung’ Resurgence

Black Lung Disease in Coal Miners

Today’s Mineworkers Face ‘Black Lung’ Resurgence

Talk about black lung disease, and immediately, pictures of coal miners covered with soot in the 1930s come to mind. In reality, progressive massive fibrosis (PMF) — known as coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and commonly known as black lung disease — has become more common in contemporary miners despite safety regulations and known concerns about silica exposure.


Black Lung Disease Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners

silica dust exposure

Black Lung Disease Is Killing Thousands of Coal Miners

Regulators and coal mining companies failed to prevent the rise of advanced black lung disease.

An investigation identified 2,000 cases of black lung disease, the biggest cluster of the disease ever reported, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).  Conducted by NPR and the PBS program Frontline, the study revealed the extent of a grave epidemic...

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