Silicosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis
The latest information shows:
- Annual new cases assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) have reduced during the last 10 years from around 80 cases per year on average during 2005-2007 to around 40 cases per year during 2013-2015.
- Over 50 estimated new cases were identified by specialist chest doctors in both 2014 and 2015. Prior to this annual estimated cases fluctuated between 10 and 30 cases per year.
- There have typically been between 10 and 20 annual deaths from silicosis over the last 10 years, with 10 deaths in 2014.
Coal workers’ pneumoconiosis
- Annual new cases assessed for IIDB have reduced since 2005-2007. Since then there have been 200-300 cases per year, with 220 in 2015.
- Estimated numbers of annual new cases identified by specialist chest doctors fluctuated substantially year-on-year averaging around 25 cases per year. There were 48 cases in 2014 and 2 cases in 2015.
- Annual deaths from pneumoconiosis have remained relatively constant over the last 10 years with an average of around 140 deaths per year, and 141 deaths in 2014.
Silicosis in Great Britain, 2005-2015