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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

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DELGADO GARCIA, Diemen Darwin et al. Experiences of a large copper mining worker with silicosis. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2017, vol.63, n.247, pp.206-213. ISSN 1989-7790.

In the last quarter of 2016 a case study was conducted to learn the experience of a mining worker with silicosis through the phenomenological method. The most important criterion for inclusion was the silicosis diagnosis of category 1. A deep interview was carried out based on an interview guide. The analysis was focused on the four phenomenological existentialisms. The results showed that the worker described in a profound way his family, social and work relations (“from my family I received all the support as soon as my illness was known”). He sensed the support of his employers and co-workers. About the job relocation he said: “it is not just about changing the working place, but as well the place where you can contribute to the company´s development and improve professionally.” The worker was aware of his illness, referring to a good health coverage granted by the Occupational Health Unit of the Río Blanco Clinic in the city of Los Andes - Chile. In order to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomenon it is important to continue exploring other silicosis labor relocation cases.

Palabras clave : Silicosis; Mining; Experience.

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