Mr Howcroft worked for Pincroft dyeing & printing co limited (1962-1967) and British Rail (1967-1982). With Pincroft, he was exposed to noise from various machines, all of which did different things, such as drying, cleaning, bleaching, colouring and printing. When working at British Rail’s carriage and wagon engineering works in Horwich, Bolton, he was exposed to excessive levels of noise from pneumatic hammers, rivet guns, overhead cranes, sledgehammers and welding.
Both defendants admitted liability within three months of receiving the letter of claim.
The defendants made a part 36 offer in July 2009 and the claim was settled accordingly. In all, the claim took 9 months to settle from the date of letter of claim to the part 36 offer.
Nick Woods: "I am delighted that we managed to recover compensation from both defendants in this case. Mr Howcroft’s exposure to noise at work ceased some time ago and so I feel this case highlights the fact that claims can still be brought, and won, even if the claimant’s exposure was many years ago. It has been a pleasure to act on behalf of Mr Howcroft and to see his claim reach a successful conclusion so soon. I would urge anyone who has worked in excessive noise and who now suffers with hearing problems to obtain free legal advice as soon as possible."
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