It's estimated that over 1,000 people die in Britain every year from lung cancer caused by silica exposure at work – that's 19 each week. And there are thought to be around 900 new cases of lung cancer a year in Britain attributed to past exposure to silica dust at work.
Only 16% of UK construction professionals believe workers know the risks of breathing in dust particles. Make sure you and your colleagues read up to understand the risks and take the necessary precautions to minimise their risk to over-exposure.
1) Use effective extraction and filtration units
2) Dampen entire area with sufficient water
3) Wear correct respiratory protective equipment (RPE)