A gentleman received £4,000 in compensation as a result of hearing loss which resulted from working with machinery without ear protection in previous employment.
The man, aged 66 when rewarded the compensation, was previously employed by British Coal between 1958 and 1988. During a typical working day, he would undertake general rock boring duties underground, over the period of 40 hours per week and would occasionally work overtime.
Due to not being provided with appropriate health and safety ear protection, the exposure to excessive noise affected his hearing and he would have to shout and often use hand signals in order to communicate with his colleagues, who were only a few feet away.
In later life, his hearing was deteriorating and he now struggles to follow conversations if there is any background noise, he regularly suffers with a buzzing noise in both ears and therefore needs to turn up his TV and telephone.
Following medical examination, it was found his hearing had been damaged significantly during his period of employment and this could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection. As a result of his hearing loss he will require the use of a hearing aid in the future.
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