It was recently reported that workers in their 20s, 30s and 40s who have been exposed to crystalline dust are being diagnosed with silicosis.
Research reveals that the associated risk was well known in the 1930s and is totally preventable when safety procedures are closely followed. If manufacturers of the engineered stone have been aware of the high levels of crystalline silicon in these products, why were the risks and safety procedures not communicated to these workers?
Was this merely complacency? If it was complacency, was the focus on production, hence the risky behaviour and short cuts? Was safety not a priority and therefore omitted? Were workers not corrected after engaging in unsafe practices?
Was the work process allowed to continue - as the risk to health was not visible - or were changes and actions usually implemented after a serious incident occurred?