Process Cutter Wins £14,000 for Hearing Loss Claim
What Was the Hearing Loss Claim?
The client was employed as a Process Cutter for their first employer from 1984 / 1985 to 1987 to 1988. He was exposed to noise from presses, plasma machines, hand grinders and cutting machines during his employment. Colleagues using similar tools worked in close proximity to our client. Therefore, he was exposed to constant general background noise from the welding department, resulting in them making a hearing loss claim.
During his employment, our client would work 40 hours a week in addition to regular overtime. During this time, he was not provided hearing protection resulting in damage to his hearing.
Additionally, our client worked under a second employer, where he worked as a Profile Cutter and CNC Machine Operator. During this time, he was also exposed to noise from oxy acetylene CNC machines. He would also be exposed to noise from grinders and thermal lance machines. During his employment, he would work 40 hours per week with overtime in addition to this. Similarly, to the work with his previous employer, our client stated that he did not recall hearing protection ever being provided.
With the help of AWH’s industrial disease solicitor, Craig Johnson, a report from an ENT consultant was obtained. The report confirmed that our client had 22 dB of noise attributable to noise and moderate tinnitus.
Your Employer’s Responsibility
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.