Mr H was exposed to excessive levels of noise, whilst working for Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council, mainly within their Environment Services Department. Mr H was employed as a refuse and recycling loader, but was also employed as a plumber for the first two years of his employment. He has been employed there from 1990 to the present.
The main sources of noise throughout Mr H’s employment were the refuse and recycling collection wagons, the noise of collected materials being emptied in to the wagon wells and the crushing noise of the wagons, when the materials were being compacted.
During Mr H’s employment, he was not provided with hearing protection and nor was he made aware of the dangers that working in excessive noise gives rise to, until approximately 2012. Mr H now suffers from mild to moderate 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 H’s claim.
The defendants admitted liability for Mr H’s claim.
Protective court proceedings were commenced on Mr H’s case, in order to progress matters. WE Solicitors were however able to negotiate a settlement of £8,000.00 for Mr H, avoiding the need for a trial. Both Mr H and WE Solicitors are very pleased with the outcome.