In 2015 it was predicted that over the following thirty years, more than 60,000 British people would die as a result of the asbestos-related industrial illness mesothelioma. Many areas in the UK will be acutely affected, particularly, in the South, for example Portsmouth and Southampton, and, in the North, areas such as Tyneside and Clydeside.
But asbestos deaths are nothing new. Since the beginning of the 1980s, there have been 43,000 mesothelioma deaths in the United Kingdom.
Mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by exposure to asbestos. However, despite this being common knowledge among senior figures in industry for many decades, it was only right at the end of the twentieth century that the substance was banned, making the UK one of the last countries in Europe to take the action that many, including the UK's mesothelioma claim solicitors, had long known was necessary.
Tragically, mesothelioma has a long latency period, meaning that it may be as many as fifty years following exposure before symptoms begin to develop. This fact has led many to describe mesothelioma as a "ticking time bomb" and also helps explain why the death rate is rising.
Although no part of the country has been untouched by the tragedy of asbestos – from Edinburgh to Plymouth via Liverpool and London – the North has been one of the area's worst hit, with Health and Safety Executive figures showing that of the 20 most affected areas in the country, seven are in the North.
The following list shows the ten areas of the UK that have been worst affected by mesothelioma deaths as set against the "Standard Mortality Rate" (the average for the UK mortality rate being 2.5 per 100,000 people):
- Barrow-in-Furness - 8.4 per 100,000
- Medway - 6.5
- Hartlepool - 6.4
- Thurrock - 6.0
- North Tyneside - 5.8
- Portsmouth - 5.5
- Newcastle upon Tyne - 5.3
- South Tyneside - 5.2
- Havering - 4.9
- Sunderland - 4.9
Mesothelioma claim solicitors and the ever present blight of asbestos
"Sixteen years after asbestos was banned in the UK, exposure to asbestos, which causes the incurable disease mesothelioma, remains an ever present danger," says Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail.
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