Our client, Mr SJ was exposed to excessive levels of noise, whilst working in the manufacturing industry building kitchen components for a period of over 25 years whilst working for Humber Kitchens Ltd, Hygena Ltd, MFI UK Ltd and Howden Joinery Corporate Services Ltd at their factory in Goole from 1979 to 2013.
Until late into his employment Mr SJ, was never provided with hearing protection and nor was he ever made aware of the dangers of working in a noisy environment. Mr SJ now suffers from mild noise induced hearing loss which was confirmed following a medical assessment.
The insurers representing the defendants fought the case but after an engineering report was obtained, it was evident that the noise levels Mr SJ was exposed to were sufficient to have caused injury and damage to his hearing.
Many sufferers do not realise that companies were aware of the dangers of noise from 1963 onwards and should have taken steps to protect their employees hearing with inexpensive hearing protection in the form of ear plugs or ear defenders. Many companies took no action until the late 1980’s or early 1990’s and even then, failed to adequately educate and train the work force.
As often happens in cases of this nature, whilst the matter took some time to reach conclusion, we were able to negotiate an out of court settlement for our client avoiding the need for attendance at a court hearing. If you or anyone you know may have noise induced hearing loss due to work, please contact us to assess whether compensation may be claimed.