The Employer’s Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) has published its report for 2021.
It uses the exact wording as in the 2020 report when it says that “as we continued to stay at home throughout much of last year, there was a continued reducing trend in the number of employers’ liability claims raised”.
The split of enquiries between occupational disease and accident enquiries was the same as in 2020 (60% disease and 40% accident).
The overall volume of enquiries through the service continued to fall through 2021 (77,807) compared to 2020 (81,073). However, this drop was mainly seen in the non-mesothelioma enquiries the service sees and is due to a reduction in the number of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) enquiries. However, NIHL enquiries were still the top disease enquiry with 15,094 claimant enquiries (47.5% of all claims – down from 16,726 in 2020). Mesothelioma and asbestosis enquiries were number 2 and 3 respectively in terms of volume in 2021, with a share of 22.3% and 7.3% respectively of all claimant disease enquiries.
In addition, enquiries for vibration white finger-related claims increased significantly in 2021 to 1,190, up from 467 in 2020. Enquiries for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (reported separately to vibration white finger) increased to 569 in 2021, up from 467 in 2020.
London is still the top area of enquiries with 5,632 in 2021.
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