It would be logical to think that deaths from asbestos disease are a thing of the past or very much on the wane, at least.
That thought could not be further from the truth.
Mesothelioma still kills approximately 2500 people in the UK, every year. Asbestos related lung cancer kills roughly the same number. There were over 500 deaths from asbestosis in 2018, according to the latest asbestos related disease statistics.
These levels of fatality have been fairly consistent over the past few years. Whilst it is anticipated that the final asbestos disease deaths peak may have been reached, it was previously expected that the mid 2000s would see that milestone. It is therefore doubtful that anyone will be counting their chickens that the worst is over, just yet.