New X-Ray Technology in Black Lung Claimshttps://www.horwitzlaw.com/wp-content/themes/osmosis/images/empty/thumbnail.jpg 150 150 Clifford Horwitz Clifford Horwitz https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/889d7f53aa656ffde8899fceb98167be?s=96&d=wp_user_avatar&r=g
Coal miners work in some of the most dangerous conditions. Each day coal workers enter the mines, burdened with the constant threat of an explosion or collapse. Miners suffer some very traumatic injuries, yet aside from the daily threats of the mine an even more deadly risk lingers. Long-term exposure to coal dust places miners in both surface and underground mines at risk of black lung disease. According to a study done by the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program in the Division of Cancer Etiology at National Cancer Institute, about 40% of all lung cancer deaths in miners may be due to radon progeny exposure. Radioactive radon is an inert gas that migrates from soils and rocks accumulating in enclosed areas. The estimates of the hazards posed by radon have been based on the analyses of data on miners, pooling four occupational cohort studies of miners.