Don't people who work around dust have regular checkups to see how their lungs are doing?
It's terrible to hear that miner's disease is on the rise. But from what I understand, it takes a while for this disease to start showing its symptoms. If people who work around dust keep a close eye on their lung health, they could avoid the disease.
I'm sure that negligence on part of the employers is an issue. But I think workers have to take their health in their own hands too. No one is going to tell them to stop working because they're inhaling too much dust. Employers just want to make money. So employees should see a doctor regularly and if they are suffering from lung damage, they should change jobs.