Screening shows 'dramatic rise' in silicosis cases

The good thing is that the program is facilitating detection at an early stage, respiratory physicians say

Levels of silicosis detected among workers in the artificial stone industry are now more than 10 times higher than seen over the past decade, a screening program shows.

Stone mason cutting stone slab

The first results from the Victorian Stonemason Health Assessment and Research Program (V-SHARP) show scores of workers have the disease.

Under the scheme, all current and former workers in the artificial stone industry in the state are eligible for a free comprehensive assessment for silicosis.

Of the estimated 1400 stonemasons