No fall in asbestos deaths

Written By: Ian Hernon
Published: July 29, 2017 Last modified: July 29, 2017

The number of deaths from mesothelioma, a form of cancer that develops following the inhalation of asbestos fibres, continues to run at over 2,500 a year.

There were 2,542 such deaths in Great Britain in 2015, a similar number to the 2,519 deaths in 2014, and 2,560 deaths in 2013.

In 2015, there were 2,135 male deaths and 407 female deaths. And there were 2,130 new cases of mesothelioma assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in 2015 compared with 2,215 in 2014, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported.

The latest projections suggest that there will continue to be around 2,500 deaths a year for the rest of this current decade before annual numbers begin to decline.

About Ian Hernon

Ian Hernon is Deputy Editor of Tribune