Latest figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the number of asbestos-related deaths in the UK fell slightly over the last 12 months.

The figures were among those included in the HSE’s annual figures for the number of work-related fatalities in 2019/20.

In the case of mesothelioma, the cancer which is contracted through past exposure to asbestos and is one of the few work-related diseases where deaths can be counted directly, the figures releases by the HSE related to 2018.

They showed that 2,446 died in Great Britain in that year, which is slightly lower than the average 2,550 over the previous five years.

The current figures are largely a consequence of occupational asbestos exposures that occurred before 1980. This was before the extent of the danger of exposure to asbestos was known and when its use was banned in many countries.

Annual mesothelioma deaths are expected to fall below current levels for years beyond 2020, but it’s still vital that asbestos is managed correctly in buildings.

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