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Settlement For Former Welder After Employer ‘Failed To Protect Him’ From Noise Exposure

Our specialist workplace illness solicitors have secured a four-figure settlement for a Derbyshire man after he developed noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus at work.

Steven Literski, 45, worked in a noisy environment for Mayfly Containers between 1987 and 2015. He had joined the company shortly after school and worked as a skilled multipurpose worker and welder.

“My job generally involved working inside shipping containers while colleagues would be working on the external side doing hammering and welding,” Steven said. “I also used hammers and grinders, while there was a host of noisy equipment like presses, drills and shot blasting equipment on-site too.”

Nonetheless, Steven was only given ear protection by his employers when it became compulsory in 2002.

He started to suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus in late 2014 and a test at work confirmed that he was suffering from hearing loss. His GP referred him to have a hearing aid fitted in June 2015.

Steven got in touch with our workplace illness lawyers after his hearing problems began and asked us to investigate his working conditions. We found that more should have been done to protect his hearing and were able to secure him a settlement of £4,500 in relation to the hearing damage he has sustained.

“It is very hard to come to terms with the fact that I worked hard for an employer for nearly 30 years yet they failed to properly protect me from the risks I could face in that job”, Steven said. “While nothing can change my condition, this settlement means I can continue to get the support I require as I try to get on with life despite these problems.

“I also truly hope that speaking out on my condition will raise awareness and encourage employers to not shirk on the issue of keeping their workers safe from harm.”

Sarah Tagg, who represented Steven during his case, said: “This is an extremely worrying case in which a worker has developed very serious hearing problems as a result of an employer failing to provide adequate protection from harm.

“All employers have a responsibility to make health and safety a priority and it is vital that this case stands as a reminder of the need to always provide workers with the protective equipment they require.

“While we are delighted to have helped Steven secure a settlement, it is vital that the issues highlighted in this case are simply never repeated.”

If you have suffered hearing loss after receiving insufficient protective equipment at work, we may be able to help you make a noise-induced hearing loss claim. Contact us online to find out more.

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