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Old 06-01-2019, 05:35 AM   #1
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https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-...ordon/11162554

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Connor Downes can no longer work as a stonemason and says his days are now just filled with medical appointments
A Queensland audit has revealed 98 stone industry workers have silicosis and 15 of those cases are terminal
Earlier this year, the disease claimed the life of 36-year-old Gold Coast stonemason Anthony White


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This spring I spent some money and time to make a wet cutting rig so no matter what site I'm on I always have the option of cutting with water. Even though I've always worn a mask I'm done with dry cuts, the dust follows you everywhere after the cut, on your clothes and in your truck.


It makes some more mess, and takes some more time, but who cares. They safety of myself and those around me are priority.


It's a small addition that essentially eliminates the risk or airborne silica.

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It's the new "asbestos" for the ambulance chasing attorneys.
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About 1 death per million people in the United States annually. Down about 90 percent from 1968. We got much bigger problems.
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I remember having a meeting with one of the fiber cement companies. Thier reps told us that the dust was just an irritant and totally harmless.

Then we had OSHA do a study and they set up all sorts of test equiptment and told our crew to make as much dust as possible. It was so thick you couldn't see through it.

They then said it wasn't enough to be harmful. Now the tiniest bit of dust is enough to cause complete civilizations to go extinct.

Who knows. I just know I wear my mask a lot more than I used to.

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About 1 death per million people in the United States annually. Down about 90 percent from 1968. We got much bigger problems.
How many deaths or long term injuries per million for professionals who work with the products and equipment that create the silica dust though?

I went from having a bit of asthma as a child, to being totally independent of meds for it, back to using a daily inhaler after 12 years in the trade.

Obviously there was a pre-existing condition, but I have to wonder if the dust was a contributing factor for it becoming an issue again.
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There is no question that silicosis is a real threat however a little bit of training and understanding of it goes along way

I am a mason that has been breathing dust my entire life and it is something that truly concerns me

Nowadays I try to use water when possible and whenever it is dusty I always wear a mask

the dust on the clothing is an issue too because you bring it home with you which is still a threat to you and your family when you shake out your clothes


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Sure is funny I never see city workers containing the dust when jackhammering.


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Sure is funny I never see city workers containing the dust when jackhammering.


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That dust has been regulated to a safe level
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Government generated dust is "known to the state of California to NOT cause cancer"....or in this case, silicosis. So roll down your windows on the way by and breaaaaaaath it in.

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