One of our clients has obtained compensation in the region of £6,500 as a result of hearing loss which was found to be attributed to working with machinery without ear protection.
Our client, aged 55 on settlement, was employed by Courtaulds Textiles between 1975 and 1977 as a Doffer at their Lilac Mill premises in Oldham and from 1978 to 1983 as a Doffer at their Maple Mill premises in Oldham.
He was exposed to noise from spinning machines as his job was to ensure materials were supplied to the machinery operators and loaded onto the machines. The noise of these machines and the premises in general was such that our client would have to shout and often use hand signals, even though his colleagues were only a few feet away.
He was also employed by Ellenroad Mill Plc between 1977 and 1978 as a Doffer at their Ellenroad Mill premises in Oldham, where he was also exposed to noise from spinning machines. During his career, our client was not provided with ear protection, despite the excessive noise within the factories in which he worked.
Our client found in later life that his hearing was deteriorating. He struggles to follow conversations if there is any background noise and also has to turn up his TV and telephone. As a result of his hearing loss, he will also require the use of a hearing aid in the future.
Irwin Mitchell were instructed on this case and worked closely with medical experts to establish the cause of our client's hearing loss. It was found that his hearing had been damaged significantly during his period of employment and that this could have been prevented with the provision of hearing protection.
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