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Former Steel Worker Awarded Four Figure Compensation Sum

Irwin Mitchell solicitors have obtained compensation for their client who has suffered hearing problems due to his past exposure to noise as a steel foundry worker.

Our client, Mr R, who is in his 50s, was employed as a Steel Cutter between 1975 and 2002, at Newman Tubes located at its foundry on Western Way, Wednesbury.

His work included operating a circular steel cutting saw to cut steel tubing to size.  The work was extremely loud and he had to shout or make hand signals to a colleague at arms length in order to communicate.

Mr R was not provided with hearing protection until mid way through his employment when he was given ear plugs to wear so for much of his employment he was exposed to excessive noise without any element of hearing protection.
Mr R instructed Irwin Mitchell solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation after he had a hearing test and the results suggested his hearing had been noise damaged. 

Mark Lennon, a  specialist solicitor in the workplace illness team in Birmingham, who specialises in noise induced hearing loss claims, acted for our client and successfully secured a four figure settlement on his behalf.

“This case is a good example where an employer, despite introducing hearing protection part way through employment, had been too late to act and the earlier failure to issue training, guidance and hearing protection in the earlier years led to my client suffering damage to his hearing.  I am pleased to have secured compensation for the loss of hearing my client has sustained.”

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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