The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are still tens of thousands of Americans who work in the coal mining industry. Workers in this industry face the dangers of heavy machinery, cave-ins, fires, and explosions on a daily basis. However, coal dust poses health risks equivalent to the other dangers in a mine.
The CDC states that Black Lung Disease, a type of pneumoconiosis, is caused by breathing coal dust into the lungs. Additionally, this disease is frequently related to the exposure in the workplace setting and causes breathing difficulties and other symptoms. In 2008, NIOSH reported that 10,000 people had died from black lung disease over the past decade. This disease and its harmful effects can be prevented if the proper precautions are taken in the workplace. The American Lung Association suggests that masks are worn at all times and that precautions, like the proper cleaning to remove coal dust from the body and clothing and refraining from eating or drinking in certain areas that have coal dust, be taken to prevent this disease.
In 1969 the United States Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act to develop safety standards and prevent Black Lung Disease. However, employees in the coal mining industry continue to suffer from this disease. The American Lung Association reports that there is no cure for this disease, but medical care can address symptoms and help manage difficulties with breathing.
If you have been exposed to coal dust and are experiencing symptoms of Black Lung Disease, it is important to be examined by a medical professional to receive a diagnosis and medical care that can help cope with the symptoms.
If you are suffering from this disease, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important that you call our legal team at Colombo Law at 1-888-860-1414 and we will help you get the compensation you deserve.