PRO/EDR> Silicosis – Bangladesh: (RP) stone workers, fatal

Respiratory Illness — Bangladesh
The stone-crushing workers in Patgram upazila are left to suffer, as most are too poor to afford treatment for an irreversible lung disease, silicosis, which is their occupational hazard. Silicosis is a disease caused by silicon poisoning, a common side effect of working in stone-crushing yards. The workers breathe in the silica dust while working in the yards, and the silicon settles in their lungs, slowly solidifying their respiratory systems. Patgram is dotted with hundreds of