Workers in the coal mining industry are at an increased risk of developing respiratory health problems such as asthma and emphysema. Coal dust is considered a chemical hazard that can cause “black lung” conditions and obstructive pulmonary disease in those that inhale it over long periods of time. Coal miners are also at an increased risk for developing lung cancer.
To add on to what the previous answer states, even those who don’t work directly in the mines, but live in mining-communities can still be harmed by it. According to a study of 16,400 people living in West Virginia, data shows that of those living in a coal mining community have a 70% greater risk of developing kidney disease. On top of that they have a 64% greater risk of developing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and are 30% more likely to have high blood pressure. It was an interesting study and you can read more about it at the link attached.
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