Work-related ill health and occupational disease in Great Britain

Work-related ill health and occupational disease in Great Britain

12,000 Lung disease deaths each year estimated to be linked to past exposures at work

1.4 million workers suffering from work-related ill health (new or long-standing) in 2017/18


You might get Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you became ill or are disabled because of an accident or disease either:


  • at work or on an approved employment training scheme or course

You may be entitled to compensation from your employers or their insurers

Our welfare rights officers are here to help you with information about your condition and advice on financial help you may be entitled to. We provide advice and assistance with benefits and compensation you are able to claim (whether you are currently in employment or not you are still entitled to certain benefits).  CAA exist to campaign for, and provide support to, you and your family.


Some work-related disease and injury you may be able to claim for:


  • Occupational lung disease

  • Hand-arm vibration

  • Noise-induced hearing loss

  • Work-related asthma

  • Work-related Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

  • Silicosis and coal workers pneumoconiosis

  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

  • Occupational cancer

  • Work-related skin disease


Information for those diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease

If you have recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness you will no doubt have many questions and concerns. You may be worried about the condition you are suffering from and what implications this may have. We are here to help.

Asbestos Related Conditions

Explanation by Dr Hans Hartung

For more information on the different asbestos  conditions please visit our section on Asbestos Related Disease.

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.