Black Lung Epidemic Ravages Coal Miners

in Top 10 2018

coal miner

“It’s an epidemic and clearly one of the worst industrial medicine disasters that’s ever been described… Thousands of cases of the most severe form of black lung. And we’re not done counting yet.”

— Scott Laney, epidemiologist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, quoted by NPR.

A gut-wrenching expose about coal miners and black lung disease warrants a special position as Number 11 on my list of Top 10 Employee Wellness Stories of 2018.

NPR and Frontline recently introduced findings from a multi-year investigation, reviewing data going back 20 years.

It’s too much detail to share here, but to get up to speed, you can: Continue reading »