Mr. H of Stalybridge was a former Weaver for W. M. Christy & Sons, for nearly 7 years, between the years of 1975 and 1988. He is now 51 years old and suffers with hearing loss, which was caused by excessive noise at work.
The mill where Mr. H worked failed to provide him with adequate hearing protection and failed to warn him of the dangers of exposure to excessive noise levels. Mr. H worked at the Ashton New Road Mill in Droylsden and was exposed to the extreme noise of over 100 weaving looms.
Although hearing protection, in the form of cotton wool and polystyrene earplugs were always made available, the wearing of the hearing protection was never enforced. In the latter years of Mr. H’s employment with W. M. Christy & Sons, earmuffs were introduced. Mr. H struggled to wear the earmuffs because they would catch in the thread every time he knelt down. Mr. H confirms that no training in the wearing of the hearing protection was ever provided.
It was not until 2008 that Mr. H came to realise a problem with his hearing. Mr. H said, “My hearing has gradually been deteriorating. My partner complains I have the television volume too high and that I often ask her to repeat herself.”
WE Solicitors LLP were able to settle Mr. H’s claim against W. M. Christy & Sons for the total sum of £2500. Mr. H was very happy with the outcome.
WE Solicitors LLP are currently representing large numbers of former textile workers throughout the North West. If you have worked in a noisy environment and you think your hearing may have been affected, please call our FREE helpline on 0800 294 3065.