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coalBDLive writes that SA’s coal producers could be the next to face a wave of litigation from workers with lung diseases, after successes against gold companies by workers who contracted silicosis.  

This warning comes from Stuart McCafferty, a partner at law firm Webber Wentzel, who said the class action brought against gold mining companies was "the start of a perfect storm" facing mining companies.  Six gold firms have applied for leave to appeal against the silicosis class action judgment, which paves the way for thousands of miners to potentially be paid billions of rand.  Coal miners may contract pneumoconiosis, known as black lung disease, an incurable sickness.  There were 125 cases of pneumoconiosis reported in 2013 and 94 a year later.  The coal mines employ about 87,000 people.

  • Read this report by Allan Seccombe in full at BDLive

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