The government has also introduced sweeping changes to better prevent and detect black lung disease
among coal workers, and provide a safety net for affected workers.
Coal mining has historically been fraught with hazards, which are similar to those associated with the aftermath of natural disasters: suffocation, gas poisoning, roof collapse, rock burst, gas explosions and a plethora of lung diseases, including incurable diseases like coalworker's pneumoconiosis, also known as black lung disease
"Each case of advanced black lung disease
is an entirely preventable tragedy, and represents mine operators' unwillingness to adequately control mine dust exposures, and safety regulators failure to set, monitor and enforce standards necessary to protect miners."
Incurable - and entirely unnecessary had those men been equipped with even basic safety equipment - pneumoconiosis or black lung disease
cut off the lives of generations of Welsh miners long before their time.
Somehow she'd caught wind of the fact that the only thing I'd ever wanted (or ever would want for as long as I lived) was the opportunity to own a truck that sounded like it suffered from black lung disease
every time a key was turned in the ignition.
Larissa Waters, an Australian senator who made history earlier this year in May when she brought her second daughter to the federal parliament and breastfed her, did it once again on Wednesday, making headlines this time by feeding her 14-week-old baby, Alia Joy while moving a motion on black lung disease
in the chamber.
* A disregard for "black lung disease
," which is fatal, caused by inhaling mine dust (during the jury trial, jurors were told of miners being instructed to wear dust pumps inside their coveralls in an effort to skew the results.
The prolonged inhalation of coal dust also causes black lung disease
, or pneumoconiosis, which is characterized by long-term coughing and shortness of breath.
Black lung disease
has been listed as the cause, or a contributing factor, in 76,000 deaths in the United States since 1968.
Rasmussen's work with coal miners led to research that helped recognize pneumoconiosis, more commonly known as black lung disease
, as an occupational health illness.
He was also preceded in death by many coal miners who suffered from black lung disease
In response to a rebound in both the number of cases and severity of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease