Silicosis: Push to ban artificial stone benchtops amid rise of sickness in tradies –

There is a push for a ban to be considered on popular artificial stone benchtops amid a rising rate of potentially deadly illness among the nations tradies. Artificial or engineered stone benchtops have seen a rise in popularity in Australian homes as a cheap and attractive alternative to marble or granite.
The National Dust Diseases Taskforce says the home renovation trend has coincided with rising rates of silicosis among construction workers — an incurable and potentially deadly lung disease…

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