“Engineered stone took off as a popular option for countertops about a decade ago and is now one of the most common choices for kitchens and bathrooms. From 2010 to 2018, imports of the material rose about 800%. Manufacturers say the material is preferable to natural stone because it’s less likely to crack or stain.” The trouble is that some workers who cut and grind the engineered stone are getting sick. Really sick. NPR: Workers Are Falling Ill, Even Dying, After Making Kitchen Countertops.