Asbestos remains major killer, warns HSEs

Asbestos exposure remains a major killer, according to data from the HSE.

Its data for 2019/20 covering workplace health also revealed injury at work costs have topped £16bn.

The key findings were:

• 1.6 million working people suffering from a work-related illness

• 2,446 mesothelioma deaths due to past asbestos exposures (2018)

• 111 workers killed at work

• 693,000 working people sustain an injury at work according to the Labour Force Survey

• 65,427 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR

• 38.8 million working days lost due to work-related illness and workplace injury

• £16.2 billion estimated cost of injuries and ill health from current working conditions (2018/19)

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