5,000 asbestos-related deaths

New figures released by the Government show that over 5,000 people died from asbestos-related diseases last year.

The figures are included in the Health and Safety at Work Summary Statistics for Great Britain 2016.

In 2015 there were mesothelioma deaths in 2014 with a similar number of lung cancer deaths linked to past exposures to asbestos.

At 36%, cancers caused by exposure to asbestos account for more deaths than any other work-related diseases.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is projecting that there will be around 2,500 mesothelioma deaths per year for the rest of this decade before numbers begin to decline.

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