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A Yorkshire man has recently secured a four figure settlement for the hearing loss and tinnitus suffered as a result of exposure to loud noise at work.
Our client first worked for Birstall Carpets Limited as a Production Controller at their premises in Briar Mills in Leeds. He worked there between 1971 and 1974 and was exposed to very loud noise from weaving machines. He was never provided with hearing protection during his time working there.
He then worked for British Belting and Asbestos (BBA) between 1974 and 1978 at their premises in Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire. The company made brake linings for vehicles at this site and our client operated noise press machines. Again, this company did not provide him with hearing protection or warn him of the dangers posed by excess noise.
In 1978, our client moved to work for Harrison & Gardner at their factory at Victoria Dyeworks in Liversidge. Our client worked with the company until 2002 and it was only in the mid 1990s that he was first provided with hearing protection, when the company gave him ear plugs. Our client operated noisy dye machines which were so loud he had to shout to make himself heard to colleagues close to him.
In recent years, our client developed hearing loss and tinnitus, which he describes as a permanent ringing sensation in his ears. He initially thought these problems occurred naturally and may have been due to getting older. However, when he had a hearing test, he was informed that his problems could be due to his noise damage, so he instructed Irwin Mitchell to make a claim for compensation.
Mark Lennon, a Solicitor in the workplace injury team in Birmingham who specialises in noise induced deafness cases, acted for the client and successfully secured a settlement on his behalf.
Mark Lennon said: “As our client worked for three different employers in noisy jobs, we had to pursue claims against all of them as each period of noise exposure was held to have contributed to his hearing loss. Fortunately we were able to locate details of the relevant insurers for each of the three employers. After some negotiations with each of them, we were able to achieve full recovery of compensation from all the companies.”
If you or a loved one has suffered from hearing damage such as acoustic shock, tinnitus, and noise-induced hearing loss caused by conditions at work our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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