Sick tradies are taking their fight to the government, urging a crackdown on deadly practices in the stonemasonry industry.
Gary Moratti, 49, has worked with stone for 35 years – mostly artificial since it was introduced to Australia 15 years ago.
He said the artificial stone was brought in “without telling anybody how dangerous it really is”.
Mr Moratti was diagnosed with silicosis in 2017. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain and skin lesions. Read more
The Gujarat High Court has dismissed the appeal filed by the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), Vadodara, challenging the order of the ESI Court, Vadodara to pay disablement benefit as compensation to nine silicosis victims, all of whom are adivasis from Gujarat.
Belonging to the Jhalod block in Dahod district, these tribal workers had gone to work in quartz crushing units of Godhara between 2000 and 2005. They were exposed to high level of silica dust at work. Soon they started getting sick and some died. Many left the workplace and went back to their native home. Read more