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How COVID-19 makes Industrial Workers Vulnerable

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How COVID-19 makes Industrial Workers Vulnerable

In the United States, an estimated 2.3 million workers are exposed to crystalline silica—a substance that has caused the most widespread occupational respiratory disease for over 100 years now. For a long time, exposure to the mineral declined after disasters like Hawk’s Nest Tunnel went public. Scientists and policymakers stood together to prevent the exploitation of American workers in...

The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster – A Tragedy We Cannot Repeat

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The Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster – A Tragedy We Cannot Repeat

In the opening lyric of John Denver’s signature classic Take me Home, Country Roads, he describes West Virginia as “almost heaven”—an accurate portrayal of the Mountain State in the eyes of its people. Its picturesque green fields and overlooks make for a hiker’s or a rock climber’s dream come true. But with all its untouched nature and breathtaking views, West...

Silicosis on the Rise in the Fracking Industry

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Silicosis on the Rise in the Fracking Industry

“Fracking” is the common name for a now widely used process to extract oil and gas – hydraulic fracturing. Though it has existed for well over 60 years, the drilling technique only took center stage in the last decade with the improvement of technologies. As of 2019, the industry has made the United States a major crude oil exporter. However, any economic benefits gained from...

The First Countertop Worker in U.S. Diagnosed with Silicosis

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The First Countertop Worker in U.S. Diagnosed with Silicosis

Since its creation in the late 1980s, quartz (an industry term for engineered stone) has been used in custom home building and improvement. The engineered stone’s durability and fashionable element has prompted it to become a popular material used in kitchens and bathrooms. While the manufacturing of the stone has been attributed to a fast-growing industry, the workers who fabricate and...

Controlling the Dust: How Silicosis Can Be Prevented

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Controlling the Dust: How Silicosis Can Be Prevented

As American manufacturing industries expand, so does the workforce that enables productive labor and outcome. For over a decade, the engineered stone industry has done just that by fulfilling consumers’ widespread demand for “quartz” countertops. While the artificial stone makes for durable kitchen and bathroom surfaces, the cutting and polishing process it goes through puts workers at...

What Stone Workers Need to Know About Silicosis

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What Stone Workers Need to Know About Silicosis

Masons and other stone workers are suddenly falling ill across the Southwest with silicosis and severe respiratory diseases. The dust created by their work contains silica, and it’s making them sick. The artificial or engineered stone used to make countertops has been identified as a key source of the deadly mineral.

Lung Damage and Deaths Among Makers of Popular Kitchen...

NPR: Lung Damage And Deaths Among Makers Of Popular Kitchen Countertops

NPR: Lung Damage And Deaths Among Makers Of Popular Kitchen Countertops

Artificial stone used to make kitchen and bathroom countertops has been linked to cases of death and irreversible lung injury in workers who cut, grind and polish this increasingly popular material.

The fear is that thousands of workers in the United States who create countertops out of what’s known as “engineered stone” may be inhaling dangerous amounts of...

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