Hearing protection was not available from the outset of Mr. Anderson’s employment.
Bolton, UK (PRWEB UK) 17 April 2013
An Asons' Solicitors client, 75, advises that he was formally employed as a Forklift Driver from approximately 1968 to 1985, then a machine operator from approximately 1985 to 1990, and an Engine Builder from approximately 1990 to 1996. the client also alleged that he worked within the Shop Floor and Building Section Departments as well as in the Paint Area Department from approximately 1990-1996.
Hearing protection was not available during the client's employment. Hearing protection subsequently became available in the form of or ear muffs and these were provided in approximately 1990. The client advised that the use of the hearing protection was not enforced, therefore a safe system of work was not implemented which would have protected him from the foreseeable risk of injury due to the noise levels.
Suzanne Yates, an Executive at Asons Solicitors, commented that:
“It is alleged that our client worked in an environment that was extremely loud, where suitable and efficient hearing protection was not provided. We were informed that our client's employers failed to provide hearing protection and also failed to ensure that any protective equipment provided was suitable, in good repair, in working order and properly used.”
The client from Middlesex worked within a department department that housed around 10 people, with approximately 20 machines in the department; so it is likely that others may have been affected.
Fortunately, cases of noise induced hearing loss, or occupational deafness, have slowly been decreasing year on year for the past three years. Despite the improvement, Health and Safety Executive (HSE) statistics for between 2009/10 and 2011/12 suggest that some 19,000 industrial deafness cases were reported that were either caused, or made worse by noise at work.
“Our client’s hearing has been damaged very badly. As a result, he will need to purchase hearing aids at 75 which he will need for the rest of his life. It’s a shame, and it shouldn't be allowed to happen,” adds Miss Yates.
If you would like to learn more about the hearing loss claims process, or if you’d like to better understand the condition, you can visit Asons at http://www.asons.co.uk, or you can call their expert helpline on 0844 850 1062
- ENDS –
About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.
For further information contact: