Deaths from asbestosis (a form of pneumoconiosis caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres) continue to increase in Great Britain, a legacy of heavy exposures to asbestos in the past.
The latest information shows:
- In 2013 there were 516 deaths where asbestosis is likely to have contributed as a cause compared with 109 in 1978. (Asbestosis register).
- There were 217 deaths in 2013 where asbestosis was specifically recorded as the underlying cause of death. (Asbestosis register).
- There were 985 newly assessed cases for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit in 2014. (IIDB).
- Annual numbers of newly assessed cases have fluctuated in recent years.
Asbestosis deaths and disablement benefit cases 1978-2014