Mr. Snow*, from Withybrook in Coventry, was formally employed as a Boiler Man by Rolls Royce. The position he held meant that he was expected to carry out his day to day work within the boiler room, where it was alleged that noise levels were so high, the only way he could effectively communicate with his colleagues was by shouting. The excessive noise was to the detriment of Mr. Snow’s health, who now suffers from industrial deafness.
Mr. Snow* worked within this role between the years of 1970 – 1988 and although he was given hearing protection from 1983, significant irreparable damage had already occurred. For thirteen years Mr. Snow wasn’t provided with any hearing safety equipment, so now, at the age of 66, Mr. Snow is suffering from hearing loss disproportional to his age.
Inflicted with hearing discrimination issues, Mr. Snow finds it difficult to distinguish sound clearly, particularly in reference to spoken conversation. Day-to-day situations within a group and via telephone are difficult, with Mr. Snow’s industrial hearing loss prohibiting him from enjoying normal social and workplace interactions.
Instances of industrial hearing loss are particularly common within the manufacturing industry. Factories, such as Rolls Royce, utilise machinery associated with mass production, which unfortunately are particularly loud and harmful to the ears as seen in the case of In Mr. Snow.
Asons Solicitor, Mr Mohammed Azeem commented that:
“Mr Snow spent many years in the service of Rolls Royce, and you’d expect such loyalty to be rewarded with considerable care. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case, so now his previous employment is having a negative impact on his current quality of life. I’m just happy that we were able to achieve some financial peace of mind for him”.
In Mr. Snow’s case Rolls Royce were considered to have been negligent in protecting their employees’ health. Employers have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure that they provide a safe working environment for their staff; making sure frequent health and safety assessments are carried out, ensuring that they comply with up to date guidelines. Where employers are found to have been negligent in safe-guarding their employees, particularly in the case of Industrial Deafness, affected individuals have grounds to make a case for hearing loss compensation.
Asons Executive, Thomas Fairclough, commented that:
“It is a testament to the hard work and diligence exhibited by Asons Solicitors, that this case was resolved so efficiently. To reach a settlement of £3,000 within 8 months is highly commendable.”
If you, or someone you know, feel as though an employer has not provided the care, information and equipment required, resulting in the development of industrial deafness, contact Asons Solicitors today to discuss a claim for hearing loss compensation.
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*Clients name has been changed for confidentiality purposes