Mr Cook wins £4243.00 payout after being exposed to excessive noise, whilst working for Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK Ltd and Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son Ltd.
Mr Cook was employed as a rubber worker at Goodyear, from 1969 to 2003. He was exposed to noise from tyre building machinery, steel cutting machinery and other noisy compressed air powered equipment. Hearing protection was not provided until around the late 1980’s to early 1990’s and even after this, it was not enforced. By this time however, the majority of the damage had been done.
Mr Cook was employed as a steel fixer for Sir Alfred McAlpine & Son Ltd, from 1967 to 1968 and was never provided with any hearing protection during this time, despite being exposed to noise from machinery such as cement mixers, diggers, cranes and excavators. Mr Cook advised that it was so loud, he would have to shout to someone a few feet away, to communicate.
WE Solicitors LLP arranged a medical appointment with an Ear, Nose and Throat Expert, who confirmed that Mr Cook’s hearing problems were noise induced. This was put to the defendants and a settlement was reached prior to the issue of Court Proceedings.
This was a particularly difficult case as there were several defendants involved. Some of the companies are no longer trading and their former insurers could not be traced. This meant that some periods of Mr Cook’s noise exposure could not be claimed for. Furthermore, Mr Cook worked for a few companies for short periods of time (ie. less than 6 months) and was exposed to noise, but as the periods of exposure were too short to claim for, Mr Cook was unable to pursue claims for those periods. If this had not been the case, Mr Cook would have received a settlement of £5000.
Mr Cook has an ongoing claim against BBA Motor Fittings, where he was employed as a sheet metal worker, from 1964 to 1966.