New statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive reveal there were 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past exposure to asbestos in 2015.

There were also a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to asbestos exposure.

These figures included in the HSE’s Health and Safety at Work Summary Statistics 2017.

The figures reveal that in 2016/17 there were:

  • 1.3 million working people suffering from a work-related illness
  • 137 fatal injuries to workers
  • 600,000 non-fatal injuries to workers
  • 2,542 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2015)
  • 70,116 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR
  • 1.2 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury
  • 14.9 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2015/16).

The UK fairs well in comparison with other major European countries, with less deaths and less work related injuries resulting in sick leave that Spain, Italy, France and Germany.

When it comes to enforcement notices, 554 convictions were achieved by the HSE against companies found to have caused work-place accidents, with fines totalling £69.9 million.