Exposure to Crystalline Silica Could Cause Work Injury

My father owns a stone and tile business, which is often frequented by masons.  When these masons chip away or grind at a variety of stone products including granite and quartz, masons can be exposed to silica particles in the air.  

Recently, a New Jersey judge determined a worker's 35 years of exposure to silica contributed to his fatal lung cancer.  In the case, Johnson v. Campbell CP NO. 2007-11564, the NJ judge determined his silica exposure came from his job.  

Silica Exposure Could Cause Work Injuries

Crystalline silica is a highly toxic substance which is a lung carcinogen.  When ingested, this substance can be extremely harmful to workers, causing a work injury.  These injuries can include the following:

  • silicosis 
  • inability to breathe due to scar tissue in the lungs from ingesting crystalline silica
  • chest pains
  • respiratory failure
  • death

Protect Yourself from a Work Injury Due to Silica

On the job, there should be precautions taken to ensure that workers are safe and do not inhale silica, causing a work injury.  These precautions are intended to save workers' lives.  Workers should protect themselves in the following ways:

  • exhaust ventillation
  • protective respirators 
  • wear washable or disposable work clothes and discard them before going home
  • shower and remove silica dust before going home
  • do not smoke
  • do not eat or drink in areas containing silica
Protect yourself when you're working around crystalline silica to prevent a work injury that could be potentially fatal.  If you've been injured on the job, call a skilled work injury attorney today.  You may be entitled to compensation for your work injury.