Workers forced to inhale aluminum powder now suffering neurological diseases
All ventilation would be stopped during the aluminum dust dispersal, and miners were instructed to inhale the black fog of respirable aluminum dust deeply to protect themselves against silicosis.
The guest speaker at the North Bay and District Labour Council Annual Health and Safety Dinner Tuesday evening warned that workers forced to inhale aluminum powder are now suffering from diseases like Parkinson’s.
Janice Martell, founder of the McIntyre Powder Project, told guests that she has been compiling a testimonial catalogue of miners to help convince WSIB and governments that the inhalation of McIntyre Powder while at work has caused neurological diseases.
The McIntyre Powder Project is a voluntary registry to document health issues, particularly neurological, in miners or other workers who were exposed to the dust in their workplaces.
The aim, according to Martell’s website, is to provide a centralized place to gather information on the types of health issues found in workers who were exposed to McIntyre Powder aluminum dust, for the purposes of establishing the need for further research into the long-term health impacts of aluminum dust exposure, and to seek compensation for those workers who suffered health issues related to their occupational exposure.