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Dust - Miners' Disease
Dust - Miners' Disease

Dust - Miners' Disease 1973


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Dust - Miners' Disease 1973

27 mins United Kingdom

Call it what you will, pneumoconiosis or the miners' own folkloric name for the disease "The Dust", in the 1970s it was costing a miner's life every day. This TV investigation probes at a survey that questioned how disabling the early stages of the disease were, and the miners' fears of the impact on the compensation they received.

Though it was a national problem, South Wales was particularly plagued by "the miners' disease" - partly because many men started down the pit at such a young age. In the heart of Rhondda Fach (Little Rhondda) where much of this programme was filmed, the impact on a community dependent on the industry is clear - these are men gambling with their health and lives with little control of the stakes.


Peter Williams


Injuries and wounds Compensation claims Working conditions Work environment Employment Lungs Pneumoconiosis Miners Mining Health and safety


Coal on Film




United Kingdom



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