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Workers behind China’s economic miracle are paying a heavy price

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 30 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2396
  1. Jane Parry
  1. 1Hong Kong

    A conservative estimate of the number of workers in China with occupation related pneumoconiosis puts the figure at 1 million, many of whom are migrant workers, and who are routinely denied access to compensation, says a report by the Hong Kong based non-government organisation, China Labour Bulletin.

    The report used official figures and press reports from state media to estimate the number of workers in China with pneumoconiosis, including black lung disease among coal workers and silicosis caused by prolonged exposure to mineral and metal dust in the construction and jewellery industries.

    Together the two conditions account for nearly 90% of new reported cases of pneumoconiosis. Much of …

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