Asbestos claims continue to rise

Quoted from http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/12/10/3089792.htm

Asbestos claims continue to rise

Posted Fri Dec 10, 2010 8:44am AEDT

The latest figures from the New South Wales Dust Diseases Board reveals that payouts for the asbestos caused disease mesothelioma are continuing to increase.

The board grants no-fault compensation to workers who contracted a dust disease, so that if they die their dependents can be supported.

It paid out $75 million in the last financial year.

The Dust Diseases Board reports that the most common, and deadly asbestos disease, mesothelioma has risen for the third year in a row.

There were 64 cases in 1992, but in 2010 there were 145.

The board was set up 80 years ago to help workers with silicosis but asbestos diseases now make up 90 per cent of its work.

The Dust Diseases Tribunal, which hears cases involving negligence, is receiving 300 to 400 asbestos claims a year.

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