Industrial deafness can be sustained at work if your employer or employers have failed to provide you with a safe working environment and the necessary equipment to make that environment safe.
We understand that there is nothing can be done about the noise that is emitted from machinery. Many of the machines and equipment that generate so much noise in the workplace are vital every day machines that are needed to keep the world going. Even though we cannot change the noise levels that are emitted from these machines we can do something about the amount of noise that is absorbed by employee’s ears. All employers have to provide their employees with an appropriate level of protection from the noise in the workplace whether it is full ear defenders or disposable foam earplugs.
No just factory and plant workers are at risk of sustaining an ear injury in the workplace. Many people suffer from hearing difficulties that work in the nightclub and entertainment industry. One of our clients Mr E worked for a production supplies company; Mr E was responsible for the erection and safe use of the structures supporting the stage. Mr E had to sit backstage at performances to keep maintaining and checking the structural supports to ensure they were not at risk of collapsing. Mr E was exposed to very loud sounds at least four or five times per week. Mr E asked his employer for ear protection as his ears were ringing after every night at work. Mr E was laughed at and told that if he couldn?t hack his job he should look for a new one. Mr E took two weeks off work and noticed that the ringing in his ears did not disappear. After a visit to the doctor he was told his hearing was not 100% and that he was suffering from tinnitus.
If you have started to develop industrial deafness and it can be linked directly to the excessive noise levels at work you should consider making a personal injury claim for the struggling you have encountered.
If you think your employer has failed to carry out an appropriate risk assessment of the noise levels in your workplace and consequently has not provided you with the appropriate equipment to protect your ears you may need legal advice from us if you are suffering from damage to your hearing.
Mr E’s employer failed in his duty to protect his ears form harm and as a result Mr E suffered damage to his hearing. Mr E received an award of £4267.00 in compensation.
If you have suffered from industrial deafness at work and you want to know if you are eligible to make a no win no fee personal injury claim you need to speak to one of the dedicated industrial accident and injury solicitor from Michael Lewin as soon as possible. To get your case stated by a trusted and caring legal professional call Michael Lewin Solicitors now on: 0844 499 9302.