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Dust diseases in the workplace

Dust diseases are a broad name for diseases caused by inhaling harmful dust particles. Not all dust is harmful, but dust from materials such as silica, hard metals, cotton, straw and asbestos can cause serious and sometimes fatal conditions. For more information, see 'what is a dust disease?'.


Exposure to dust in the workplace can result in a number of serious conditions including lung cancer, silicosis and autoimmune conditions.

Industries most at risk of dust diseases:

There are many industries including (but not limited to): power stations, mining, brick manufacture, construction, ship building, plumbing, boiler making and stonemasonry where workers would be at risk of developing disease as a result of occupational exposure. Whilst symptoms often don’t present until years later, once diagnosed they can progress quickly.

Proper safety precautions can prevent workers from developing these dust diseases. This includes wearing masks, proper ventilation and extraction and safe workwear.

Compensation Lawyers

Workers who develop dust disease in the workplace may be entitled to claim compensation for their injuries. Compensation can help improve the quality of life for those affected by making it easier for them to access the medical support they require.

If you've have been exposed to asbestos dust specifically, please see our Asbestos Law services page. For those in Queensland or Western Australia, see our QLD/WA Asbestos Law page, and for those in other states, see our National Asbestos Law page.

Shine Lawyers have expert compensation lawyers who act on a no win no fee basis, and are available for an obligation-free consultation. For more information on how we can handle your case, watch our simple guide to compensation claims below.

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim.

Learn more about Superannuation and Disability Insurance Claims


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