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Silicosis Compensation Claims

What is Silicosis?

Silicosis is a long term disease of the lungs caused by inhaling silica dust usually over a number of years.

It causes tissue swelling and hardening (fibrosis) which means the lungs do not function properly.

Silicosis usually develops between 10-20 years of exposure but can develop as soon as 5-10 years.  If there is an intense period of exposure then it can develop within a few months.


The main symptoms are shortness of breath, coughing, weakness and tiredness.  It also increases the chances of developing tuberculosis, COPD, chest infections, kidney disease, lung cancer, arthritis and heart failure.

There is no cure for silicosis as the lung damage cannot be reversed.  Treatment therefore focuses on relieving symptoms and improving quality of life.


Silica is a natural substance found in certain stone, rock, sand and clay.

The main industries where it is encountered are;

  • Construction and Demolition
  • Stone Masonry especially when working with Sandstone
  • Worktop manufacturing and fitting
  • Mining
  • Quarrying
  • Sand blasting
  • Pottery
  • Ceramics
  • Glass manufacturing

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