A former pottery worker has been awarded £3,000 in hearing loss compensation after winning a five-year legal battle.
The legal team for Adrian Ward successfully argued that he was entitled to compensation after being was exposed to ‘excessive and dangerous levels of noise’ during the course of his employment that has left him with damaged hearing.
It is now believed that many of his former colleagues could also be entitled to make a hearing loss compensation claim against the insurers of John Tams Group PLC.
Hearing Loss Compensation Awarded After Worker Was Exposed To Siren
Mr Ward, who worked for John Tams Group for forty years, commented on the lack of safety provisions at what was one of the largest producers of ceramics cups, until its collapse in 2006. He said: “In the old-fashioned factories a siren would go off on the kiln and the sound was deafening. You could hardly hear yourself think and we were never offered earplugs.
“If people are talking but not facing me, I find it very difficult to hear and it can be dangerous at work.”
A court ruling in 2009 relating to working conditions means that employees can now claim compensation if they have suffered as a result of being exposed to 80 decibels of noise-as opposed to 90 under previous regulations.
It is now expected that hundreds of other former pottery workers could be entitled to make a claim for hearing loss compensation.
A spokesman for the legal team said: “A generation of workers are now suffering noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus which has greatly affected their quality of life.”
Speak To A Specialist Solicitor About Hearing Loss Compensation
Any employer has a legal obligation to ensure that a place of work is safe, secure and that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure that employers are safe. If you have been injured or suffered injury as a result of the negligence of your employer then you may be entitled to make a claim for loss of earnings.
If your injury has had an impact on your quality of life or caused you to suffer financial loss then our team of specialist work solicitors can help you to claim the compensation that you deserve.
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