From China Labour Bulletin, an article about the dangers faced by jewelry workers in China:
Over the past few years, about 60 workers in several Hong Kong-invested jewellery factories in Huizhou and Shenzhen have been found to be in the late stages of pneumoconiosis or silicosis (a form of pneumoconiosis), which is also known as “lung dust disease” in China. Many of them have lost the ability to work and the disease is advancing relentlessly. It is incurable. Two of the workers have died and the others have been unable to work and their health conditions are getting worse, according to the Hong Kong-based labour group Hong Kong Christian Industrial Committee (HKCIC).
As the following cases vividly highlight, many factory owners are turning a blind eye to occupational health and safety laws in China and their workers’ health is being sacrificed on the altar of quick profits.
CLB also published an interview with a wife of a worker who is dying from pneumoconiosis.