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Workers warned over dangers of deadly dust

17th February 2010 | Health and Safety Signs

Employees and their managers have been warned about the dangers of dust from freshly-cut stone, which may highlight the need for health and safety signs.

Workers have been advised by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that silica dust kills over 500 people every year, mainly because many firms are not aware of the dangers.

An event taking place in Liverpool today will inform companies and self-employed stonemasons and builders about how dust from stone and pavements can get into the lungs and eventually cause cancer, illustrating the importance of safety signs.

Moira Caddick, health and safety awareness officer at HSE, commented: "Construction companies should therefore avoid creating dust from stone, concrete or masonry wherever possible, and make sure workers always wear suitable dust masks."

Last year, a similar event in Scotland aimed to make workers and companies in the country aware of the importance of using precautions such as warning signs to highlight the risk associated with cutting stone.

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