China: Hundreds of workers dying of incurable silicosis reportedly contracted in factories making jewellery for export, including Lucky Gems & Jewellery

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28 March 2006

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Article
26 March 2006

Deadly dust of gem trade kills Chinese

Author: Michael Sheridan, Sunday Times [UK]

ONE by one, hundreds of Chinese workers are starting to die of an incurable lung disease contracted in appalling conditions inside factories supplying the international jewellery trade. The epidemic of silicosis, caused by inhaling fine dust, has turned into a scandal that the jewellery industry fears may cause more damage to its reputation than the outcry over “conflict diamonds”... The employers include suppliers to the British wholesale market such as Lucky Gems & Jewellery Factory... [also refers to Gaoyi Gems, Perfect Gem & Pearl]

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