North East England records particularly high rate of asbestos-related deaths

As reported by the ChronicleLive website, figures have now been released detailing the number of deaths from asbestos-related disease across the UK over the last few decades, making for particularly grim reading for the North East of England.

North Tyneside and South Tyneside ranked third and fourth respectively on the death register, a sad reflection of the formerly thriving shipyard and building industry in this part of the country.

Thousands in the region recorded to have died due to asbestos

 The high occurrence of asbestos-related deaths in the North East is a subject that is especially close to our hearts here at Trident Asbestos Solutions, given the two offices that we maintain in the region, in Sunderland and Durham.

Nonetheless, given the history of the area, it sadly does not shock us that almost 6,300 deaths were recorded across the region from 1981 to 2015 due to exposure to the deadly fibres.

When the death numbers are compared to how many would normally be expected to die in the area – the standard mortality ratio – North Tyneside is placed third in the UK for the highest rate of male mesothelioma deaths, with 491. This compares to the 364 recorded for fourth-ranked South Tyneside, with only Barrow-in-Furness and West Dunbartonshire placing higher across the entire country.

As for female mesothelioma deaths, Sunderland came in second with 144, only beaten by Barking and Dagenham.

A truly bleak set of figures for the area

 The numbers from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that between 1981 and 2015, 2,319 people – 1,969 male and 350 female – died of mesothelioma in the Tyne and Wear area alone. The rest of the North East saw 3,979 mesothelioma deaths – 3,415 male and 564 female – in the same timeframe.

It is all a very depressing reminder of the continued paramount importance of the work of asbestos removal contractors in ridding sites across the region and beyond of this potentially extremely dangerous material.

We can help to protect against the perils of asbestos

 Please contact the Trident Asbestos Solutions team today, on 03333 441555 or by completing and submitting our straightforward quote request form, to find out more about the work that our own professionals can do to make your premises safer.

We have offices in Edinburgh, Leeds, Birmingham and London as well as the North East of England, which enables us to provide a genuinely nationwide service.

HSE statistics and death of Redditch man prompt asbestos protection call

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The recent death of a Redditch man, together with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)’s release of new statistics showing that more than 5,000 people died from asbestos-related diseases in 2013, has led to a prominent law firm calling for employers to fulfil their duty in better protecting their workers from potential exposure to the deadly substance.

David Henry William Wolfe died aged 78 at his home in Redditch, Worcestershire. His death was caused by mesothelioma – a cancer of the lungs or stomach lining that has long been associated with asbestos exposure. A verdict was reached at his inquest a week after his death on 19th October 2015; his deteriorating health and eventual death deemed to be caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

Wolfe’s death lead to asbestos diseases experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell calling for improvements in how asbestos is monitored, managed and handled. Alida Coates, a Partner and expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at the firm’s Birmingham office, stated: “The HSE has been working hard in recent years to reduce the number of people being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.”

Stats from HSE show that more than 5,000 deaths were attributable to asbestos-related diseases in 2013 alone, with 2538 of these being from mesothelioma.

HSE has also predicted that around 2,500 deaths a year would occur per year from mesothelioma for the remainder of the 2010s, prior to annual numbers beginning to decline. Coates also stated that many of the current mesothelioma cases could be attributed to asbestos exposure from decades ago, with the impact on such individuals’ health sometimes only just becoming apparent.

She continued:  “Many older buildings, including hospitals and schools, still contain asbestos and, while the risk is relatively low if the material is not disturbed, the consequences can be devastating for those who inhale the fibres when they are released into the air.

“Employers have a duty to protect their workers and we hope that everything possible will be done to prevent any further unnecessary deaths.”

These are sentiments that we can sadly only agree with here at Trident Surveying. That is why we would always urge that employers or organisations concerned about the potential presence of the harmful fibres in their premises immediately contact a reputable specialist in asbestos surveying and asbestos air testing – such as ourselves – to ensure their utmost peace of mind and the safety of their personnel.

 

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