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Home > News > Mesothelioma deaths continue to rise – HSE statistics reveal

2nd April 2013

Mesothelioma deaths continue to rise – HSE statistics reveal

On 7 March 2013, The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the latest figures for deaths resulting from mesothelioma, which demonstrate that they are continuing to rise. In Great Britain just over 40 years ago, the annual number of deaths from mesothelioma, a fatal form of cancer caused through exposure to asbestos, stood at 153. This rose to 1,968 in 2010, amongst the highest in the world.

Workers in the construction industry are at particular risk and have seen the highest proportion of mesothelioma deaths. The alarming increase is due to the widespread use of asbestos in construction and industry across the UK. However, many other occupations have also seen an increase in the number of workers developing the fatal disease. Teachers,  pipe fitters, power station workers, and chartered surveyors are all on the diverse list of occupations at risk.

Rise in mesothelioma deaths will continue until 2016

The HSE estimates that the number of annual deaths in men will continue rise to around 2,100 in 2016 when it anticipates that the death rate will reach its peak. Due to the nature of many of the occupations at risk, this figure accounts for around 80% of all deaths from mesothelioma.

Although the number of deaths in women is much lower, their loss through asbestos-related diseases should not be underestimated. Many women die through exposure as a result of asbestos dust brought home by their husbands, fathers or brothers on their work clothes.

Devastating effects of asbestos-related diseases on victims and families

In response to the figures, Ian McFall - Head of Thompsons Solicitors' National Asbestos Litigation Team, said:

“What these figures make clear is that asbestos is still a problem. The destructive effects of asbestos disease are still devastating the lives of men, women and their families across the UK. This isn’t about statistics - the real tragedy is the people behind the numbers. Real people whose lives are being destroyed.

“There is a tendency to assume that the ‘asbestos problem’ is one for the previous generation, that it is ‘yesterday’s issue’ – but in truth we are only now beginning to see the true impact of decades of corporate neglect.

“The tragic legacy left by asbestos is one that we cannot change, but we can seek justice for those who have been exposed and their families and pursue better measures to safeguard future generations from harm.”

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If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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