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Jan 25, 2010



Mr J of Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was a former Electrician for the National Coal Board, from 1971 to 1989. He is now 56 years old and suffers with hearing loss, which was caused by exposure to excessive noise at work.

The Cynheidre Colliery in Carmarthenshire, where Mr J worked, failed to provide him with any hearing protection and failed to warn him of the dangers of exposure to excessive noise levels.

Mr J was exposed to the noise of the various processes within the Colliery. Some of the equipment that produced the extreme noise levels were the Industrial Compressors in the Compressor House, Coal Crushers and Stone Crushers and Coal Cutting Machinery in the Coal Wash Area and Large Industrial Motor Driven Water Pumps.

It was not until 2008 that Mr J came to realise a problem with his hearing. Mr J said, “My hearing has gradually been deteriorating. I need the television on a high volume and have difficulty following conversations, especially when there is background noise. I thought my hearing was deteriorating as a result of my age.”

WE Solicitors were able to settle Mr J’s claim against the National Coal Board for the total sum of £4000. Mr J was delighted with the outcome.