The Global Effects of Asbestos and Mesothelioma

Posted on: October 6th, 2017

A recent article in the BMJ has sought to estimate the global number of mesothelioma deaths due to past exposure to asbestos.

The conclusions of the report are that over the past three years, there were 15,011 deaths in the 59 countries that were looked at. This meant a likely global death toll of 38,400 per year. However, the authors also considered this to be a likely underestimate, due to the fact that mesothelioma can often be misdiagnosed and that data for some countries was poor.

Although asbestos use in the UK is now illegal, the UK still reports over 2,500 deaths from mesothelioma per year, the third highest in the world after both the US and China. This is a hangover from the heavy use of asbestos in the first half of the 20th century in both factories and offices throughout the country, but even in the last year there have been penalties for companies that continue to expose their employees to asbestos.

Some of the jobs which are most well known for high risk exposure to asbestos include:

  • Construction workers
  • Heating engineers, laggers and pipefitters
  • Manufacturers of asbestos
  • Railway workers
  • Shipbuilding

At Coffin Mew we assist those with mesothelioma and other asbestos related conditions, to pursue claims against those employers that exposed them to mesothelioma. We have extensive experience and are able to guide families through the process in what is one of the most difficult periods of their lives.

Chris Unsworth is a Solicitor in the Catastrophic Injury team at Coffin Mew.  Chris can be contacted on 023 9236 6010 or chrisunsworth@coffinmew.co.uk