Client Wins £14,000 for Hearing Loss Claim
What Was the Hearing Loss Claim?
Our client was employed as a Process Cutter for two different employers, they were employed by the first employer from 1984 to 1985 and the second employer from 1987 to 1988. During employment, he was exposed to the noise of the presses, plasma machines, hand grinders, and cutting machines. Additionally, colleagues who were using similar tools were all in close proximity. As a result, our client was exposed to the general background noise of the welding department.
Due to his 40-hour plus regular overtime work weeks, our client was around the noise for a sustained period of time.
In the course of his employment with the second employer, our client was employed as a Profile Cutter and CNC Machine Operator. During. his employment he was exposed to noise from oxy acetylene CNC machines. He would also be exposed to noise from grinders and thermal lance machines. Similarly, to work with his previous employer, he would work 40 hours per week with overtime.
Employer Negligence Leading to a Hearing Damage
Our client was not given any training regarding noise in the workplace or how to combat being exposed to noise during his shifts. Additionally, during his work with both previous employers, our client does not recall hearing protection such as earmuffs or earplugs ever being provided in either of his employments.
A medical report was obtained from an ENT Consultant to establish the level of hearing loss that our client had. The report showed our client had 22 dB of noise attributable to noise and moderate tinnitus.
Your Employer’s Responsibility to Prevent Hearing Loss Caused at Work
Under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, businesses are required to protect the health and safety of all their employees by managing noise levels in the workplace to prevent hearing loss.
If your workplace has a lot of loud noise, your employer should:
- Act to reduce noise exposure
- Provide protective equipment
- Ensure legal limits of noise exposure are not exceeded
- Monitor and maintain all equipment and machinery
- Provide health and safety information and training to all staff exposed to noisy environments
- Carry out health surveillance on employees at risk
If your employer is failing to adhere to the above responsibilities, they are likely failing to protect you. As a result, this could result in your hearing loss. If you have experienced hearing loss or damage, speak to our solicitors to start your hearing loss claim.
Making a Hearing Loss Claim With Our Industrial Disease Solicitors
If your employer’s negligence has caused you to suffer from permanent or disabling hearing damage, we can help you with your hearing loss claim to get you the compensation you deserve. Start your workplace hearing loss claim with AWH today on a no-win, no-fee basis.Get a free assessment