Exposure to coal mine dust causes various pulmonary diseases, including coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). 2. Coal miners are also exposed to crystalline silica dust, which causes silicosis, COPD, and other diseases.Click to see full answer. Simply so, what does coal dust do to your lungs?Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), also known as black lung disease or black lung, is caused by long-term exposure to coal dust. Inhaled coal dust progressively builds up in the lungs and leads to inflammation, fibrosis, and in worse cases, necrosis.Secondly, how do you prevent coal dust? Coal dust explosions in underground coal mines are prevented by generous application of rock dust (usually limestone). If an explosion should occur, the rock dust disperses, mixes with the coal dust and prevents flame propagation by acting as a thermal inhibitor or heat sink. Furthermore, is coal dust carcinogenic? Silicosis is a lung disease similar to coal workers pneumoconiosis in that it causes scarring to the lungs. Causes: Respirable crystalline silica is more likely to be harmful to your health than respirable coal dust. It is also now recognised as a carcinogen.What do coal miners die from?Pneumoconioses (meaning dusty lung) can cause impairment, disability and premature death. The two main types of pneumoconioses that affect miners are coal workers’ pneumoconiosis (CWP), commonly called black lung, and silicosis.