Health & Safety Executive Reveals the Latest UK Asbestos Statistics

29 Mar 2019

John Hall, specialist asbestos solicitor at Trethowans, looks at the latest figures from the Health & Safety Executive – what can we learn?

How many people in the UK die from asbestos-related diseases?

Asbestos diseases mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer and asbestosis continue to be responsible for approximately 5,000 deaths a year. To put this in perspective, there were 607,172 deaths reported in 2017, meaning that asbestos-related diseases accounted for nearly 1% of all deaths in the UK. This is quite staggering when you consider the current circumstances of health and safety awareness, and shows that asbestos continues to have long-lasting consequences.

What the Health & Safety Executive’s report had to say about asbestos

In its most recent asbestos publication, dated 31 October 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stated: ‘Annual deaths increased steeply over the last 50 years, largely as a result of asbestos exposure prior to 1980, and are now expected to continue at current levels for the rest of the decade before declining.’ A slow decline of asbestos mortality has been predicted for many years but has yet to materialise.

In the face of these statistics, it is hard to be optimistic about a decline in asbestos deaths. Sadly, on the basis of our current workload in the Trethowans occupational disease department, and the steady flow of new enquiries, we expect to be acting on the behalf of the victims of asbestos diseases for many years to come. We look to provide those living with an asbestos-related disease with swift and knowledgeable assistance, helping victims to better manage the day-to-day with their condition.

To find out more about how we can help if you, or a member of your family, has been affected by asbestos disease, please read our dedicated asbestos page and take a look at our film, located in John Hall’s profile in the ‘meet the team’ section.

John Hall is a specialist asbestos lawyer with many years of experience acting for clients to get them the compensation they’re due. You can contact John today on 023 80820526.


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