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Jun26

Searching for Bricks

Searching for Bricks

We've found them.

We have been trying to source second hand bricks for the new shop for Reef Villa www.reefvilla.com over the last few months and at last we have found a supply.

Far more than we need and all odd shaped sizes but with a little cleaning up they will look fabulous.

It is easy to forget though here is a risk of getting silicosis when handling and cleaning bricks by breathing in the silica dust.

Silica is the basic component of sand and rock. Some common types of silica containing materials include:

  • concrete, concrete block, cement and mortar;
  • masonry, tiles, brick, and refractory brick;
  • granite, sand, fill dirt and top soil;
  • asphalt containing rock or stone;
  • abrasive used for blasting.

Silica is so common that any workplace activity that creates dust can expose workers to airborne silica.

Silicosis is a disease caused by the prolonged breathing of crystalline silica dust. Fine particles deposited in the lung causes thickening and scarring of the lung tissue.

Crystalline silica has also been linked to lung cancer.

A worker may develop either chronic silicosis, accelerated silicosis or acute silicosis depending on the concentration of silica dust and the level of exposure.

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