{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Documenting 'Dirty' Jobs: Miners At Work

{true story} Coal miner Lee Hipshire in 1976, shortly after emerging from a mine in Logan County, W. Va. at the end of his shift. At age 36, he had worked 26 years underground. A few years later, Lee took early retirement because of pneumoconiosis, or black lung disease. He died at 57.

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

Black-Lung Rule Loopholes Leave Miners Vulnerable

Coal miners rally for black lung law reform on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1975. (See more from Earl Dotter's "Quiet Sickness" series here - on NPR site.)

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge

Mark McCowan, 47, was diagnosed with the worst stage of black lung only five years after an X-ray showed he had no sign of the disease.

For Top Hospital, Tough Questions About Black Lung and Money

For Top Hospital, Tough Questions About Black Lung and Money

"You'll get lung cancer, dumbass." Harper snapped at Jamie as he took one from the pack and lit it. "When?" "When you're older." "Don't worry, sunshine, I won't live that long."

"You'll get lung cancer, dumbass." Harper snapped at Jamie as he took one from the pack and lit it. "When?" "When you're older." "Don't worry, sunshine, I won't live that long."

This article examines possible direct and indirect effects of healthcare reform on worker's compensation. One possible effect is a higher premium, another is black lung benefits. (0608)

This article examines possible direct and indirect effects of healthcare reform on worker's compensation. One possible effect is a higher premium, another is black lung benefits. (0608)

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

Coalminers call for inquiry after return of black lung disease in Queensland

The irreversible condition, caused by long term exposure to coal dust, has been found in nine people and more cases are expected to be diagnosed

Black Lung / Melanoma / Narcolepsy Awareness Christmas Ornament - Black Ribbon on Etsy, $8.99

Black Lung / Melanoma / Narcolepsy Awareness Christmas Ornament - Black Ribbon on Etsy, $8.99

McCowan went from a clean X-ray at age 35 to progressive massive fibrosis — an advanced stage of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung — in just five years.

As Mine Protections Fail, Black Lung Cases Surge

McCowan went from a clean X-ray at age 35 to progressive massive fibrosis — an advanced stage of coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung — in just five years.

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