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Coal miner’s death after silicosis diagnosis a warning on dangerous dust levels

Very concerning and scary article published by ABC News in Australia. 

Thursday, June 7th – Queensland miner Tyrone Buckton never spent a day underground but last week died after being diagnosed with silicosis.

The lung disease is caused by high levels of exposure to silica dust, which the union says could pose a greater workplace hazard than coal dust.

Mr Buckton worked at the Goonyella Riverside open cut coal mine, which is owned by BHP Billiton and Mitsubishi, for more than 30 years.

He was diagnosed with silicosis last October.

Silica is one of the most common minerals in the earth’s crust and can be found in construction materials such as bricks, tiles and concrete.

Read the full article here:  http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-07/silicosis-death-signals-warning-on-dangerous-dust-levels/9841584