Former Textiles Worker And Coal Miner Obtains Compensation For Industrial Deafness

Former Textiles Worker And Coal Miner Obtains Compensation For Industrial Deafness

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors has successfully secured four figure compensation for a Pontefract man who developed hearing loss following exposure to excessive levels of noise at work.

Our client Simon was employed by Harrap Brothers (Sirdar Wools) Limited between 1961 and 1965.  During his time there, Simon was a production worker and he was responsible for transporting wool materials around textile manufacturing process. The work was very noisy due to the volume of the weaving, combing and spinning machines, but Simon was never provided with hearing protection by his employer.

Simon left Harrap in 1965 and began working as a coal face worker at Frickley Colliery (the former National Coal Board) between 1965 and 1990.  During his time there, Simon spent much time underground which meant he was exposed to pneumatic equipment and coal cutting machinery.  Again Simon’s employer never provided him with hearing protection such as ear plugs and failed to warn him about the dangers of noise exposure at work.

In recent years Simon, who is now 65 years old, noticed that his hearing had declined.  He thought it was probably due to his age, but a hearing test carried out by his local hospital suggested that the deterioration was as a result of possible noise damage.

Simon instructed Solicitor Mark Lennon from our workplace injury team in Birmingham to represent his case.  Mark said:  “The case was complicated as my client worked in noisy jobs across two different employers and his first spell dated back to the mid 1960s.  However, after detailed investigations we were able to trace a modern day successor company to Harrap.  We then began negotiations with both defendant representatives and my client accepted an offer on behalf of both employers to bring his case to a successful conclusion.”

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