Being unaware that a loud noise in the workplace can cause permanent hearing damage may not exclude claiming compensation based on the date of first knowing of the hearing loss and its cause.
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Mr B of Nottingham worked for the Ministry of Defence for nearly 20 years. He worked at the Dockyard in Chatham, Kent, where he was exposed to excessive noise, whilst employed as an Electrical Fitter.
Mr J of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was a former Electrician for the National Coal Board, from 1971 to 1989. He is now 56 years old and suffers with hearing loss, which was caused by exposure to excessive noise at work.
SOLICITORS have been inundated with calls from former pottery workers who believe noisy machinery made them deaf.
Earlier this month, The Sentinel revealed ex-ceramics workers suffering hearing problems could be in line for compensation if they were exposed to more than 80 decibels of noise – equivalent to the sound of an alarm clock – at work.
Mr Male wins £2,500 payout after working as a blacksmith at British Coal caused him to lose some of his hearing.