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Irwin Mitchell’s specialist Workplace Injury team has secured a five figure settlement for a former HGV fitter left with serious hearing damage.
Alan Pashley, from Northfield, Birmingham, was routinely exposed to excessive noise levels during his 37 years working as an HGV fitter and mechanic for Birmingham City Council.
As part of this role he had to use equipment like grinders, chisels and vehicle compressors to change engines and gearboxes, re-align brakes and clutches and undertake general repairs to vehicles. During the whole time he worked for Birmingham City Council he was never issued with any kind of ear protection and, as a result, his hearing will deteriorate for the rest of his life and his need for hearing aids has been brought forwards 10 years.
Issues with hearing, like acoustic shock, tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss, are exceptionally invasive and can have a huge impact on many aspects of everyday life, from the simple things, like watching TV, to the big things, like talking to loved ones.
After getting in touch with the Workplace Injury team here at Irwin Mitchell, our expert solicitors put together a case for Alan so he could claim compensation for the permanent damage done to his hearing. We were delighted to be able to secure a five figure settlement for Alan to contribute to the cost of the hearing aids he’ll need for the rest of his life.
Sarah Tagg, an industrial illness expert and paralegal at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Noise-induced hearing loss is sadly a very common and very serious problem, particularly in this type of industry, where compressed air tools are constantly in operation.
“Unfortunately, we regularly see individuals like Alan who was failed by his employers. Companies continue to fail to take the necessary precautions to protect staff from hearing damage as a result of working closely with these tools.
“In Alan’s case the hearing loss he has suffered has impacted his life significantly and he has been told he will require hearing aids earlier than he would have had his hearing deteriorated naturally.”
Alan, a father-of-three and grandfather-of-six, said: “I was really shocked to find out the noise at work caused the hearing loss I was suffering and I think it is important that employers do everything they can to prevent people’s hearing being negatively impacted by noisy work environments.
“The only thing I can hope is that cases like mine are a reminder to improve workplace safety, particularly for people who spend a lot of time in a noisy environment.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by noise induced hearing loss then please get in touch with our Industrial Disease team as we could help you make a claim. Either call us on 0370 1500 100 or fill in our contact form and we’ll call you back.
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