Many people forget that for decades the UK was at the forefront of the steel industry and the manufacture and fabrication of steel structures.
WE Solicitors have represented many fabricators suffering with industrial deafness having been exposed to excessive noise during the manufacturing process from all types of machinery including:
- Sledge hammers
- Welding machines
This is not an exhaustive list but many of the processes exceeded the safe levels of noise in the workplace and the majority of employers in the industry were slow in providing adequate hearing protection.
Many of my clients have complained that even when hearing protection was made available, they were unable to wear the hearing protection as it would not fit over their welding mask. This meant for large parts of the day they would be exposed not only to the noise from the machines and tools they were working on but also that of colleagues nearby.
One former client detailed how he would have to work on the inside of a steel cylinder grinding it smooth on the inside for hours at a time. The sound was unbearable inside the cylinder but as an apprentice he never felt it was his place to complain as many of the older charge hands and experienced men told him it was all part and parcel of the job.
We have represented former employees of a number of companies in the steel industry and have recently settled a claim against Yorkshire Heavy Engineering, also known as OMEC.
If you have worked in the steel and fabricating industry and believe that you may have been exposed to harmful levels of noise then please do not hesitate to contact us to see whether you may be eligible to make a claim for any hearing loss. We will arrange for you to undergo a hearing test to determine the extent of any hearing loss and tinnitus.
Call us today on Freephone 0800 294 3065 or click on ‘Start your Claim Today >>’ at the top right of this page to make an online enquiry.