70 have died from asbestos exposure in past five years
January 20, 2014 at 3:46 PM
The news comes as long-awaited legislation passed through Parliament this week to provide a compensation package for sufferers of the fatal lung disease mesothelioma, which is caused by inhaling asbestos.
There were 25 mesothelioma-related deaths in Cleethorpes, 18 in Gainsborough, 18 in Louth and Horncastle and nine in Grimsby during that five-year period.
Nearly 2,400 people, mostly men, die from mesothelioma every year in the UK – of which 300 do not have an insurer, or that insurer cannot be traced.
Asbestos was used in shipbuilding, construction and the automotive industry, exposing workers. Carpenters, joiners, plumbers and heating engineers are at particular risk.