Volume : X, Issue : VIII, August - 2020

Silicosis- A Major Occupational Health Problem in the Indian Construction Sector

Dr Yashoda Tammineni

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India’s construction industry employs a work force of nearly 32 million, as construction constitutes 40% to 50% of India’s capital expenditure on various sectors like highways, roads, railways, irrigation etc and construction industry is one of the second largest industry in India after agriculture. Construction industry employs a large number of skilled and unskilled labourers often subjected to construction site accidents and health risks. In addition to concerns over safety there are worries about the health of construction workers. The main occupational health problems in the construction industry are back injuries from carrying heavy loads, musculoskeletal disorders and respiratory disease from inhaling dust. Over 500 construction workers are believed to die from exposure to silica dust every year. Construction sites can create high dust levels often invisible, fine, toxic mixture of hazardous materials and fies that can damage the lungs, leading to diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary, asthma and silicosis. The present article focuses on silicosis among workers in Indian construction industry with ways to control and prevent crystalline silica exposure.

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Article: Download PDF    DOI : 10.36106/ijar  

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SILICOSIS- A MAJOR OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PROBLEM IN THE INDIAN CONSTRUCTION SECTOR, Dr Yashoda Tammineni INDIAN JOURNAL OF APPLIED RESEARCH : Volume-10 | Issue-8 | August-2020


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