Following excessive exposure to noise from machines and the lack of health and safety equipment provided for protection, the 72 year old man suffered loss of hearing which has resulted in him now wearing hearing aids in both ears.
The man was previously employed by a number of companies which included Kirstall Forge, Waide & Sons Limited and George Wimpy & Co Limited. He would carry out an 8 hour shift and would not only regularly work on various machines but would be surrounded by approximately 20 drop stamps, 5 grinders and 20 oil furnaces vicinity.
The man mentioned in order to communicate with his colleagues, he would have to use hand signals even though his colleague was only a few feet away. During his employment the man was not provided with ear protection, despite the excessive noise produced by the machines which were running constantly.
He then found in later life, his hearing was deteriorating. He now struggles to follow conversations if there is any background noise, has to turn up his TV and telephone as well as being unable to hear visitors knocking on his door and he has some problems hearing cars while crossing the road.
Irwin Mitchell assisted with this claim and sought medical advice to provide further details regarding the mans hearing loss. It was found the mans hearing had been damaged significantly during his employment period and this could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection.
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