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Our industrial disease solicitors have secured a four-figure compensation settlement for a former steel worker from Chesterfield after unsafe working conditions left him with noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).
Sean Lynas worked at Staveley Works in Hollingwood between 1978 and 1983. He was exposed to excessive noise levels throughout his time there but was never told about the risks or provided with proper hearing protection.
“I joined the works as an apprentice fitter and spent the first year at a training school, where I would use a range of machinery including milling and grinding machines, presses and lathes,” Sean said. “There was also noise from hammering throughout the day, as well as from the foundry and other parts of the site.
“I also remember in my final year working in the machine shop and drilling metal pipes every day. Through my entire time, I was never warned about the risks of excessive noise or given any protection, which is why it is hard to take when I learned the extent of my hearing problems.”
He became aware of his hearing problems in 2016 and asked our workplace illness lawyers to investigate when he realised that they may be related to his work history.
We contacted an expert consultant who confirmed that Sean was likely to need hearing aids 2-7 years earlier than usual because of his previous working conditions. With the consultant’s testimony, we were able to secure Sean the compensation that he deserves.
“This is a shocking case in which a man has developed long-term hearing problems after an employer failed to properly protect him during his time working there,” said Rebecca Wood, a paralegal from our Sheffield office who worked on Sean’s case.
“Sadly, through our experience, these kinds of issues are not uncommon as we have helped numerous people who have worked in noisy environments such as industrial settings to gain justice regarding similar issues.
“The importance of hearing protection should not be underestimated and it is vital that all current employers recognise their clear responsibilities when it comes to the health and safety of workers. Issues like this should simply never happen again.”
Sean is looking to the future now that he has received his compensation. “Workers deserve to know that their employers have their best interests at heart, with their health and safety being a top priority. While this did not happen in my case, I just hope that no one else will face what I suffered in the future. Now I am focused on looking forward with my life and putting this behind me.”
If you have hearing problems and believe that unsafe working conditions are to blame, you may be able to make a noise-induced hearing loss claim. See our industrial disease claims page for more information.
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