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Former Maintenance Joiner Suffers Work Related Noise Induced Hearing Loss

Irwin Mitchell’s workplace illness team has successfully claimed compensation for a former maintenance joiner who suffered hearing loss because of his work.


Kevin was employed by GUS Furniture Industries Limited between 1960 and 1970 as an apprentice and cabinet maker. In carrying out his job, he was exposed to excessive noise from motor-driven sanding machines, cutting machines and pneumatic screwdrivers.

In order to communicate with colleagues, Kevin would often have to shout and use hand signals, even though they were only a few feet away. Despite this, his employers did not provide him with ear protection.

Between 1971 and 1982, Kevin worked for Heaton Power Limited. Again, his work exposed him to loud noise from turbines and industrial machinery but he was not provided with ear protection.

Some years later, Kevin discovered he was struggling to follow conversations, particularly if there was any background noise. He also had to adjust the TV and telephone volume in order to hear it.

How Irwin Mitchell Helped

Concerned about his hearing loss, Kevin approached Irwin Mitchell for legal advice. Katie Bond, a solicitor based in Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office, took on the case.

Katie instructed a medical expert to provide a report on Kevin’s hearing loss. The report found that Kevin’s hearing loss was because of his work and could have been avoided if his former employers had provided him with ear protection.

After a series of negotiations, Katie was able to agree a £3,000 settlement for Kevin in respect of the damage done to his ears and the cost of a hearing aid, which he will require in the future.

Katie commented on the case: "My client’s hearing has been permanently damaged due to a failure to provide hearing protection and damage has been suffered as a result.

"This once again highlights the importance of employers following health and safety policies which includes providing hearing protection and training in how to use it."

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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