Asbestos deaths continues to create a sad legacy in a new report.
Figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) confirm that in 2015 there were 12,000 lung disease deaths linked to past exposures to dust at work.
Asbestos – The Numbers
The headline parts of the report included:-
1. There were 2,542 asbestos cancer (mesothelioma) deaths in 2015. There was also a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposure to asbestos.
2. The report estimates there are 18,000 new cases of breathing or lung problems caused or made worse by work.
3. Mesothelioma deaths are projected to stay the same for the next few years. There will be a very gradual reduction of deaths to 2030 and beyond.
4. Occupational lung diseases account for around 12,000 of the 13,000 total deaths thought to be linked to past exposures at work.
Asthma and Other Diseases
In addition to this the report also commented on the being an estimated 200 –300 new cases of occupational asthma each year. These can be due to various agents such as isocyanates, flour, cleaning products, wood dust and other enzymes.
In addition lung diseases such as COPD and lung cancer due to asbestos and naturally were also noted to make up a large part of the annual estimated deaths.
The report is here http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/overall/hssh1617.pdf
Corries asbestos specialist Solicitor Howard Bonnett commented
“These figures confirm what we all expect and many will dread. This asbestos legacy will cast a shadow over many former workers and their families.
As a result not only workers but spouses and families exposed to asbestos will make up these numbers for many years to come”
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