Australian scientists say trendy stone benchtops carry a considerable risk.

While artificial stone might be an affordable and stylish option for bathroom and kitchen benchtops, the workers who cut and grind the 'stone' are putting themselves at risk of lung disease, according to scientists from Monash University.

Researchers have reviewed the cases of seven male patients aged 26-61 who worked in benchtop fabrication businesses.

After approximately seven years of exposure to the dust, the patients developed silicosis - inflammation and scarring of the lungs caused by breathing in silica dust, which leads to major health issues.

The researchers say similar cases have been reported worldwide, and are calling for an urgent review of occupational health and safety measures in the industry. 

Lawyers at Maurice Blackburn have made similar warnings too.