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Torts/Personal Injury,
Labor/Employment

Jun. 11, 2024

A license to kill is no solution

A proposal to license stone countertop fabrication shops will not prevent silicosis among workers. Artificial stone contains high levels of silica, is too deadly to be used safely, and disproportionately harms young immigrant workers.

Raphael Metzger

General Counsel , Council for Education and Research on Toxics

555 E. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach , CA 90802

Email: rmetzger@toxictorts.com

Raphael Metzger is the founder of the Metzger Law Group, a boutique law firm in Long Beach that sues chemical companies for poisoning and killing workers.

James P. Nevin

Partner, Brayton Purcell LLP

222 Rush Landing Rd
Novato , CA 94945

Fax: (415) 898-1247

Email: JNevin@braytonlaw.com

UCLA SOL; Los Angeles CA

James P. Nevin is a partner at Brayton Purcell LLP, an occupational disease and catastrophic injury plaintiffs law firm in Novato, California.

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In her May 29 article published in the Los Angeles Times, “California could require licenses for stonecutting shops amid deaths of young workers,” Emily Alpert Reyes reports that Jim Hieb, chief executive of the stone industry trade association, suggests that licensing stone countertop fabrication shops will prevent severe illness and death to thousands of young Hispanic immigrant workers from exposure to artificial stone dust.

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