Silicosis & the risks of silica exposure
Silicosis is an incurable, often fatal, lung disease caused by breathing in silica dust – which is found in almost every type of natural rock, sand, clay and gravel in Australia.
Symptoms of advanced silicosis can include:
- chronic and severe breathlessness
- chronic immobility
- oxygen dependence
- organ failure
Silica dust can also cause lung cancer, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma and auto-immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and renal failure.
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If you’re diagnosed with – or are suspected of having – silicosis or any other lung disease, you should immediately limit your exposure to silica dust and speak to your GP.
You should also speak with a lawyer to understand your legal rights and to learn whether you may be eligible for compensation. Fill out the form below to request a call back from our expert team, or call us now.
Always wear fitted dust masks
Always report unsafe practices
Get regular lung checks
Reduce your exposure
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