Hearing loss accounts for three quarters of all workplace injury claims and industrial deafness, with a long history of excessive noise, is still considered a persistent and frequent experience for many workers in manufacturing sectors.
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Increased awareness of Health & Safety legislation, and greater individual responsibility within the workplace, are two key factors helping to protect employees avoid the risk of illness, injury and fatality on a daily basis, whatever the circumstances.
Often, a personal injury through hearing loss case can be sometimes notoriously difficult to completely resolve due to many factors, not least due to producing hard evidence of a direct and sustained cause of hearing damage.
In 2009, a Court Of Appeal ruled in a case concerning noise induced hearing loss and safety in the workplace. It contended employers were liable for any risk that would give rise to injuries, such as hearing damage that existed, not just for a reasonably-foreseeable risk, as was previously held.
Following recent adverts in the Merthyr Express, We Solicitors have received an overwhelming response from former employees of Hoover who believe their hearing has been affected by exposure to excessive noise in the local factory.