Miners exposed to diesel exhaust more likely to develop lung cancer

Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 at 11:42 pm    

A new study by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health have found that non-metal miners are significantly more likely to develop and die from lung cancer than other people.

More than 12,000 miners were studied by researchers at non-metal mines such as salt, limestone, trona, and potash mines. These workers are exposed to high levels of diesel exhaust more often than the general population due to the heavy equipment used.

The study found that underground miners with heavy exposure to diesel exhaust, who are also smokers, are three times more likely to develop lung cancer; non-smoking workers are seven times more likely.

If you are a miner and have suffered health problems as a result, contact the workers’ compensation lawyers of LaMarca Law Group, P.C. at 877-327-2600.


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