Silicosis claims life of young Gold Coast tradie

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A Gold Coast tradie who was diagnosed with the devastating lung disease silicosis has died.

Anthony White, 36, was diagnosed with silicosis – a disease that causes scarring of the lung tissue- in November 2017. He died on Saturday morning.

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said she was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Anthony White.

“Even in the face of immense personal tragedy, Mr. White showed incredible bravery in highlighting the deadly consequences of prolonged and unsafe exposure to silica dust,” Ms. Grace said.

“Mr. White had an accepted WorkCover claim and WorkCover has reached out to his family to offer condolences and support.

“I’m advised Mr. White is the first Queensland worker from the engineered stone industry with this illness to have passed away.

“We owe it to all victims and families who are impacted by work-related deaths to do everything possible to prevent further tragedies and ensure that employers meet their obligations to provide safe workplaces.

“Worker safety is paramount, and all workers deserve to return home safely to their loved ones at the end of a day’s work.”

Any worker worried about their exposure to silica dust should see their doctor and contact WorkCover on 1300 362 128 to arrange a health screen.

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