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The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics has shown that 10,526 people in England and Wales died from the asbestos related lung cancer mesothelioma since 2010. 2352 of these deaths occurred in 2014, it has been reported. The average rate of deaths per 100,000 across England for 2014 was 4.4. Barrow-In-Furness has the highest rate of mesothelioma deaths in England, with an average death rate of 14.3 per 100,000. This is followed by South Tyneside with a rate of 11.1 and North Tyneside with 10.9. Other areas also have rates much higher than the national average.
Asbestos was once used as a vital part of ship building, it has been reported. Asbestos was therefore used heavily in the ship building industry as insulation for pipework and boilers.
Other areas with industrial chemical production plants also have higher than average mesothelioma death rates, such as Thurrock and Tamworth.
Andrew Stinchcombe of Novum Law comments “It can take many decades for asbestos diseases to develop. Therefore the continuing rise in the numbers of asbestos related deaths is due to the fact that people may have been exposed to large levels of asbestos many decades ago”.