Mining is one of the most dangerous professions. On top of the risk of being trapped thousands of feet undergound, there’s silicosis – a form of lung disease often found in miners that’s caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust.
Symptoms include cough, fever, and a bluish tint to the skin.
This article in Fast Company tells of budding entrepreneurs who recently won $50,000 to develop a sensor-filled jacket that keeps track of vital signs like heart rate along with levels of particulate matter, which can contribute to lung disease.
The senors required to create the gear are still too bulky and expensive, but this grant should go along way in making it a reality.
To discover more about how the jacket works, visit fastcoexist.com
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- Where is the Labor Dept’s proposal to protect mine workers from respirable silica? (scienceblogs.com)