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Asbestos deaths on the increase

PUBLISHED: 16:53 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 15:40 16 August 2010

ASBESTOS related deaths in Bexley were the fifth highest in the capital under new figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Monday. Between 1981 and 2005 there were a total of 2,663 asbestos related deaths of men in London and 130 of

ASBESTOS related deaths in Bexley were the fifth highest in the capital under new figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on Monday.

Between 1981 and 2005 there were a total of 2,663 asbestos related deaths of men in London and 130 of these deaths were in Bexley.

Bromley was the sixth worst London borough and Greenwich was the eighth.

Every week 20 tradesmen die from asbestos-related diseases and the HSE claim this number is set to increase.

Disease reduction director at the HSE Steve Coldrick said: "Exposure to asbestos is the biggest single cause of work-related deaths, with around 4,000 people a year dying from it.

"The overall number of deaths is rising because a large number of workers who have already been exposed to asbestos dust around 40 years ago will go on to develop mesothelioma, a terminal cancer or other asbestos related diseases."

Tradesmen can get a free asbestos information pack by calling 0845 345 0055 or by visiting www.hse.gov.uk/hiddenkiller.

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