Silica Dust

Reducing Black Lung Risk And WVU Graduate Talks EYES Shelter, This West Virginia Morning

On this West Virginia Morning, fewer coal miners are killed on the job than in years past, but black lung remains a persistent problem. A big reason for that is silica dust.

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MSHA Rule Aims At Leading Causes Of Fatal Injuries To Mine Workers

The Mine Safety and Health Administration will require mine operators to have written safety programs for mobile equipment used in surface and underground operations.

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More Miners Opt Into MSHA Program To Reduce Silica Dust Exposure

Chris Williamson, the assistant secretary for Mine Safety and Health at the U.S. Department of Labor, says participation in the Part 90 program is up 750 percent.

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How A Reporter’s Investigation Of Appalachia’s Black Lung Epidemic Pushed Federal Officials To Respond

Miners are suffering from an advanced version of black lung disease known as progressive massive fibrosis. It’s the result of digging at increasingly thin coal seams. That means they’re also cutting into quartz, which creates silica dust. Advanced black lung results from breathing in that blend of silica and coal dust.

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