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OSHA plans to slash silica workplace exposure limits

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The U.S. government is planning stricter controls on exposure to silica, a carcinogen found in workplaces ranging from dentist's offices to granite quarries, according to a new report. Silica is powdered quartz, in particles so small they can be inhaled deep into the lungs. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 2.2 million people in the U.S. are exposed to silica at work, including 1.85 million construction workers.

Anglo American reaches silicosis deal in South Africa

Mining giant Anglo American said Wednesday its South African arm has reached a deal to end 23 long-running claims by miners who say they contracted the disease silicosis from breathing dust in its mines. The firm said it had reached a settlement with 23 people who claimed they got the disease, which has no known cure, from inhaling dangerous levels of silica dust while drilling rocks in gold mines. The cases were brought in 2004 and 2009. "The settlement has been reached without admission of liability," Anglo American's South African affiliate said in a statement.

Thwarted miners to take silicosis fight to S.Africa

Gold miners vowed on Thursday to take their silicosis lawsuit against London-listed Anglo American to South Africa's courts, after a British court refused to hear their case. London's High Court ruled on Wednesday that it did not have jurisdiction over claims by 3,000 miners that they fell victim to the deadly lung disease while working deep underground in the company's South African mines. Lawyers for the miners plan to appeal against that decision, but will also press ahead with individual cases in the South African legal system, said attorney Zanele Mbuyisa.

Anglo American silicosis claimants turn to South African courts

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A British court has thrown out a lawsuit against Anglo American South Africa brought by miners who contracted the deadly lung disease silicosis when they worked in South Africa, saying it did not have jurisdiction to hear the matter. A lawyer for the 2,336 miners said on Wednesday many of them planned to file papers in the next few days in South Africa seeking damages against the South African unit of the global mining giant.

Anglo American slapped with another silicosis lawsuit

Eighteen miners who claimed they contracted deadly silicosis working at an Anglo American gold mine in South Africa slapped the firm with a class action lawsuit on Thursday, lawyers said. The miners claimed they got the disease with no known cure from inhaling dangerous levels of silica dust while drilling rocks at Anglo's President Steyn Gold Mine, in central Free State province. The lawsuit -- prepared by South African and British law firms -- is the latest in a series of legal actions against gold mining firms in South Africa.

Anglo American slapped with another silicosis lawsuit

Eighteen miners who claimed they contracted deadly silicosis working at an Anglo American gold mine in South Africa slapped the firm with a class action lawsuit on Thursday, lawyers said. The miners claimed they got the incurable disease from inhaling dangerous levels of silica dust while drilling rocks at Anglo's President Steyn Gold Mine, in central Free State province. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal actions against gold mining firms in South Africa.
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