Our client, a local man from Chesterfield was employed by Chesterfield Borough Council from 1978 to 1999 as a Road Worker and latterly as a Sewer Worker.
He was exposed to excessive levels of noise whilst at work as a Road Layer where he was digging up roadways and pavements and undertaking repairs as well as laying new roadways for new housing estates being constructed.
He regularly worked with pneumatic drills running on compressors, as well as whacker plates and vibrating rollers which were used to level the tarmac being laid. Additional noise was created by cement trucks, floor saws and JCB rock breakers.
In the last few years of his employment as a Sewer Worker he had to use a high pressure jetting unit to flush out the sewers which ran on a large diesel engine.
At no point in his employment with Chesterfield Borough Council was he provided with any ear protection. Sarah Tagg of Irwin Mitchell Solicitors says “Had Alan’s employer taken the necessary steps to provide ear protection to him, the damage which has been caused to his hearing may have been wholly preventable”
“When his symptoms began, he noticed he was missing parts of conversations and having to turn the television up louder. He thought initially that his problems were due to ageing until his realisation that his problems may be due to exposure to noise at work. He will now require hearing aids some 3-4 years earlier than he would have had to have had them due to the Noise Induced Hearing Loss he has suffered.”
“Noise-induced deafness can take a number of years to develop and it is quite possible that a number of his colleagues, through no fault of their own, will have suffered similar injuries as a result of their exposure to noise. It is common place that symptoms can become apparent many years after the noise exposure ceased”.
"They may also be suspecting, as did Alan, that their problems may be due to ageing and not due to their exposure to noise at work. A hearing test can be arranged at no cost to help people to establish whether or not they may be suffering with noise induced deafness”.
Anyone who has an enquiry about a potential industrial hearing loss case should contact Sarah Tagg at Irwin Mitchell LLP on 0114 2744355 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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