Specialist workplace injury solicitors at Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office have secured £2,000 in compensation for a retired miner who suffers from noise induced hearing loss as a result from working with machinery without ear protection.
Our client, aged 56 was employed as a miner by British Coal between 1975-1976 and 1978-1979.
During a typical working day, our client worked in the tunnels leading up to the coal face, loading materials onto conveyor belts. The noise was of such as extent that in order for our client to speak with his colleagues, he would have to shout and often use hand signals, even though his colleagues were only a few feet away.
Throughout the course of his employment, our client was not provided with any ear protection despite the excessive noise within the factory.
It was found in later life that his hearing was deteriorating. He struggles following conversations if there is any background noise and also has to turn the volume up on his television and telephone.
Specialist solicitors were approached to take on his case, where they instructed a medical expert to provide a report regarding his hearing loss.
It was found that our client’s hearing had been damaged significantly during his period of employment and this could have been prevented had he been provided with hearing protection. As a result of his hearing loss, he will require the use of a hearing aid in the future.
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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