A four figure compensation sum has been secured for a machine operator who has sustained hearing loss as a result of lack of ear protection whilst working with machinery.
Our client, aged 75 on the date of settlement was employed as a Spinning Machine Operation during the course of two periods of employment during the 1960’s and 1970’s. During his employment, our client operated two machines and the shop floor consisted of over 40 machines.
The noise was of such an extent that our client would have to use hand signals to communicate with his colleagues even though they were stood no more than six feet apart.
Despite the excessive noise produced by the machines which were running constantly, no ear protection was provided throughout his employment.
It was found in later life that our client’s hearing was deteriorating and suffered from a constant buzzing noise in both ears.
As a result, the claimant instructed Irwin Mitchell who took on his case. Specialist solicitors at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office instructed a medical expert to provide a report regarding our client’s hearing loss. It was found that his hearing had been damaged significantly during the period of his employment and this could have been prevented with the use of ear protection.
As a result of hearing loss which was found to be attributed to working with machinery without ear protection, £3500 has been awarded in compensation.
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