Mr D was exposed to excessive levels of noise, whilst working in the chemical processing and pigments industry, for a period of over 28 years. Mr D worked for Huntsman Tioxide, which was also known as BTP Tioxide Ltd and Tioxide Group PLC, during his employment.
Mr D was employed as a maintenance rigger and fitter throughout, on a full time basis. His duties involved fixing breakdowns, maintaining equipment and putting rigging up. He worked in most of the departments there, including the East & West Black Ends area, the East & West White Ends area, the Middle Section and the Gypsum Plant. He advises that during this time, the sources of noise included MSU units, mistreater motors, feed pumps and guns, Hardinge Mills (which ground down pigment), chain elevators, motorised conveyors, JCBs, hoppers with large vibrators, high pressure steam, the Microfrale unit, the Bradley Mills, the EMKP (a milling unit), conc separators, crusher machinery and so on.
During Mr D’s employment with the defendant, he was not provided with any hearing protection, until roughly the early 1990’s, he recalls. Even then, it was not enforced and in fact, was not enforced until some time later. Eventually the company tightened up on health & safety and noise awareness training was provided. Unfortunately, much of the damage had been done by this time.
Mr D is one of a number of former employees of Huntman Tioxide, who are suffering from noise related hearing problems, as a result of their employment.
Mr D now suffers from mild noise induced hearing loss and mild noise related tinnitus, which was confirmed when WE Solicitors arranged a medical assessment of his hearing condition. This was presented to the defendants, as part of the evidence, to support Mr D’s claim.
WE Solicitors were able to negotiate an out of court settlement of £4,000.00 for Mr D, avoiding the need for court proceedings. Both Mr D and WE Solicitors are pleased with the outcome.