Silicosis and support for stonemasonry workers and employers
Background to silicosis
What is being done to eliminate worker exposure to silica dust in the engineered stone benchtop fabrication industry?
How are stonemasons who are concerned about their lung health being supported?
What do I need to do?
Call WorkCover Queensland on 1300 362 128 to organise a health screen if you are concerned you may have been exposed to silica dust while working as a stonemason.
Do I need to submit a claim?
Not sure about what you need to do once you get your health screen results?
Follow these simple steps if you need to make an injury claim or find out whether you can work safely again as a stonemason.
Can I keep working as a stonemason?
Based on the results of your health screen, your specialist will advise you whether you can continue working safely as a stonemason or need to consider retraining and other careers you might enjoy.
Talk to your WorkCover Customer Advisor to see what's possible.
What happens with my wages?
Check out what will happen with your wages if you receive a diagnosis and WorkCover accepts your injury claim.
WorkCover benefits also covers your wages, plus the costs of your medical appointments and rehab if your claim is accepted.
What support is available for me and my family?
WorkCover understands this is a stressful time for your and your family.
That's why we will support you and your doctor to make sure you get access to experienced counsellors and the right financial, rehab and psychological support.
Questions & answers for employers
Not sure about your legal obligations about monitoring the health of your workers, or the impact of claims on your premium?
Find answers to your questions here.
Questions & answers for workers
Not sure about health screening, what might happen with your wages or how WorkCover can help you?
You'll find answers to your questions here.
On 9 November 2018 the Office of Industrial Relations and WorkCover Queensland hosted an information session for employers and workers to discuss the recent emergence of workplace injuries caused by exposure to respirable crystalline silica.
You can view the recordings of each speaker from the day on this page.
On 22 August 2019, Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace announced WorkCover Queensland's new partnership with two leading universities who will undertake important research on how to best support workers who have been diagnosed with silicosis.
You can read the article as well as other silicosis news on this page.
If you are a journalist or other member of the media, find out how to contact the media relations team and obtain information related to silicosis in Queensland.
WorkCover Queensland also publishes the latest statistical data monthly for media organisations to use in articles.
WorkCover is supporting stonemasons by ensuring they get immediate access to specialist medical diagnosis, treatment and ongoing rehabilitation and return to work services.
Call WorkCover on 1300 362 128 to arrange a health screen or make a workers' compensation claim.