Silicosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis 2016

Annual new cases assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) have reduced during the last 10 years from around 80 cases per year on average during 2005-2007 to around 40 cases per year during 2013-2015.
Over 50 estimated new cases were identified by specialist chest doctors in both 2014 and 2015. Prior to this annual estimated cases fluctuated between 10 and 30 cases per year.
There have typically been between 10 and 20 annual deaths from silicosis over the last 10 years, with 10 deaths in 2014.


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