Every year the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) release figures showing the number of work-related deaths. These figures include the number of people known to have died of the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma.
137 people were fatally injured by asbestos between April 2016 and March 2017. This is half the number of people who were fatally injured twenty years ago.
The main sectors where deaths occurred were construction (30 fatal injuries), agricultural (27 fatal injuries), and waste and recycling (14 fatal injuries).
What do the figures show?
The figures show that older workers (those aged 60 and over) are particularly at risk. They accounted for 25% of fatal injuries despite only making up 10% of the workforce.
In 2015 2,542 people died from the asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. This increased from 2014, when 2519 people died.
The main reason for the increase is thought to be that people are living longer. This means that there is a longer period of time for mesothelioma to develop. This is something we have reported on previously.
In addition to the mesothelioma related deaths, there are also figures for deaths from other asbestos diseases. In 2014, 431 died from an asbestos-related disease.
The statistics also include a breakdown by country and region. They show the difference in type and extent of industry geographically.
How can we help?
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