Mr A says that his wife has been telling him for years that he can’t hear but that he didn’t really think anything of it at the time. In recent years he noticed that he could no longer hear high pitched noises like the alarm clock but attributed his hearing loss as a normal part of the aging process
In June 2009 Mr A had his hearing tested and was told that it looked as though his hearing had been damaged by exposure to noise. This was the first time he realised that his hearing loss was not normal and that his exposure to noise at work could have caused it.
Mr A started working for Plymouth Health Authority in 1964 as a hospital electrician. In 1972 he became a charge hand, in around 1974 a general foreman in the engineers department and finally a maintenance supervisor.
He was based at Freedom Fields hospital but there were 24 hospitals that he was responsible for. He worked wherever he was needed and, as a result, although he was exposed to excessive noise, he was not exposed to noise constantly.
Mr A was able to identify three main areas where he was exposed to noise:
- routine testing of the emergency electric generators, which had to be carried out every few months.
- the laundries - these areas had large industrial washers and dryers and Mr A worked in these areas at least twice a week when there were breakdowns and carried out maintenance every week.
- the boiler houses and chlorifier plants. Mr A would be in these areas at least 2-3 hours per week doing repairs and once a week carrying out maintenance.
In around 1974 Mr A’s job changed to general foreman and then a Maintenance Supervisor but although his job was now that of a supervisor he had to go into the noisy areas to give out work orders and supervise the electricians albeit for less time.
In the late 70s/early 80s hearing protection was finally provided.
Louise Scott, a solicitor who specialises in claims for noise induced hearing loss at our Birmingham office, acted on behalf of Mr A and said:
“This was not a straightforward claim – the corporate history of the defendant; who started out as Plymouth Health Authority and ended up as the South West Strategic Health Authority was not straightforward. I am delighted that we managed to settle this claim for a four figure sum.”
Mr A said “Thank you for all your efforts in obtaining a successful settlement to my industrial deafness claim.
“If I should have any need for legal advice in the future, I would not hesitate in contacting you or recommending any of my friends or family”
If you or a loved one has suffered from hearing damage such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss caused by conditions at work our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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