Lawyers in Irwin Mitchell’s specialist industrial deafness team helped a man get nearly £4,000 compensation after he suffered hearing loss as a result of working with machinery without ear protection.
Our client was employed by Staveley Chemicals (Holdings) Limited as a machine operator. On a typical day he would work in the Blast Turbine House, operating a machine which blasted air into a furnace to increase the heat levels. He was exposed to noise from this and various other machines during his 8 hour shift, and had to use hand signals to communicate with his colleagues despite them only being a few feet away. Despite this, he was never provided with ear protection throughout his employment at the company and found that his hearing deteriorated significantly in later life.
As a result of the noise exposure, our client struggles following conversations if there is any background noise, for example he enjoys attending football matches but struggles to hear his friend’s conversations during the game and also has to turn up his TV and telephone.
He approached Irwin Mitchell, who took on his case, and instructed a medical expert to provide a report regarding the claimant’s hearing loss.
It was found that our client’s hearing had been damaged significantly during his period of employment at Staveley Chemicals (Holdings) Limited and this could have been prevented with the provision of ear protection. As a result of his hearing loss he now wears hearing aids in both ears.
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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