Damning silicosis report calls for world-first ban on deadly engineered stone — will governments listen?

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 06:18:38 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

'The resounding message of the Safe Work Australia report is simple: Ban
engineered stone benchtops and save worker lives.

It's a message that resonates most with unions, customers, health experts and
tradies like Ken Parker, a father of two, who cut, grinded and polished
artificial stone slabs.

In 2019, he was given a life expectancy of five to 10 years after being
diagnosed with the preventable work-related lung disease, silicosis.

Parker's words are even more pointed: "Engineered stone benchtops are straight
up killing people and the only way to stop it is to ban it."

The decision is now in the hands of state and federal governments, who have had
the report since August.'

Via Guardian Australia.

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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