Miners at small companies at higher risk of pneumoconiosis

Coal mine workers in smaller mines are at higher risk of lung disorders, including pneumoconiosis, a study by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revealed.

The NIOSH studied data of more than 3,700 coal workers between 2005 and 2012, and found that coal workers in mines with less than 50 employees are more than twice at risk of developing pneumoconiosis. Pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease, is a potentially fatal lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to dust. Workers in the quarrying, mining, manufacturing, and construction sectors are considered vulnerable to this illness.

Sadly, many employers fail to meet safety standards in preventing occupational diseases, such as pneumoconiosis. If you believe your sickness has been caused by your employer’s failure to provide a healthy and safe workplace, the legal team at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., might help you hold the responsible parties accountable. Call us at 877-327-2600 today to learn more.


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