Spike in silicosis – watch ABC 7.30

There’s been a spike in silicosis cases caused by exposure to dust created when cutting stone kitchen benchtops, leaving workers debilitated and facing an uncertain future.

ABC’s 7.30 exposes¬† what it means for workers and their families.


Silicosis is a lung dust disease that comes from exposure to silica dust.

The emergence of silicosis in workers cutting stone kitchen benchtops is alarming.

Doctors have called silicosis the worst occupational lung disease since asbestos. 22 silicosis claims were lodged in the last month in Queensland, and that number is expected to reach the hundreds in the coming months.