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Money Why tradies are putting their lives at risk without realising it

04:15  13 october  2017
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It is estimated 600,000 Australian workers are exposed to potentially lethal silica dust every day.

"Silica is surprisingly common, " Cancer Council’s Chair of the Occupational and Environmental Committee, Terry Slevin, told 9NEWS.

"It’s found in stone, rock, sand, gravel and clay as well as bricks, tiles, concrete and some plastic materials."

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It is estimated silica accounts for 230 cases of lung cancer every year and those who don't smoke are equally at risk.

The dust is extremely fine and can't be seen which makes it harder for the inexperienced to detect.

Those most at risk include people working in the mining and construction industries.

Hire a Hubby's Mick Matthews, who has been a tradie for almost 40 years, said it’s essential everyone wears the appropriate protective gear, including masks and glasses, when dealing with potentially dangerous substances.

He also recommended calling the experts in.

"If in doubt call the experts, as most wives call us in the end because they're sick of the husband not getting the job finished,” Mr Matthews said.

Host of 9 Life's Ready, Set, Reno, Michael Duffy, said DIY enthusiasts should protect themselves at home.

“Everyone’s aware of asbestos but not a lot of people are aware that silica dust like from cutting FC sheets is also dangerous,” he said.

While the leading cause of lung cancer remains smoking, which accounts for eight -thousand of the diagnosed cases in Australia each year, the Cancer Council wants to raise awareness of other ways people can develop the disease so they can prevent it.

The survival rate of lung cancer is extremely low, with only 15 per cent of cases surviving the first five years following diagnosis.

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