Asons Solicitors settles £11,000 for Client’s Hearing Loss Claim

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After 7 months of comprehensive research, and legal work, Asons Solicitors have settled a £11,000 industrial deafness claim for their client.

According to the case documents, the Asons’ client, aged 48, advised that he was employed as a Roadman since 1989 to present day. During his employment, the client was continuously surrounded by various machines, including Compressors, Still Saws, Breakers, Whacker Plates and Rollers.

According to the letter of claim, the Asons’ client was allegedly required to work in an excessively noisy environment, whilst carrying out his duties, which included cutting concrete and consolidating materials; to communicate, he was left with no other option but to shout. He worked 9 and a half hour days, 5 days a week, plus overtime on a Saturday and Sunday.

Asons Executive, Thomas Fairclough made the following statement:

“Allegedly, our client worked in an environment that was extremely loud; according to our documents, his employers failed to provide suitable and efficient hearing protection during his employment. The company also failed to ensure that any noise or risk assessments were carried out, and there were no measures taken to determine whether or not the noise levels their employees were exposed to were safe.”

The letter of claim outlined how the company allegedly failed to make the claimant aware of the risks of noise exposure. No information, supervision or training was given to educate employees about the risks of such exposure until 1998, nor were they made aware of the steps they could take to minimize the risks posed to them.

It is alleged that no warning signs were present within the client’s place of work, and no system was in place to enforce the wearing of hearing protection in the demarcated zones. By failing to implement and maintain a safe system of work, the claimant was not protected against the excessive noise exposure in his workplace.

Measures could and should have been implemented, and following the consideration of any risk assessmentsnoise levels or exposure times should have been reduced to a level that would have avoided the claimant being injured by exposure to excessive noise level. However, the lack of risk assessments conducted prevented these safety measures from being implemented.

According to industrial deafness.org, the lower exposure action level set out to employers, by the Health and Safety Executive, is an 80dB weekly or daily exposure level. At this level, the employer must be responsible for providing employees with training and information on noise levels, as well as making hearing protection available to all staff. Failing to provide adequate training, and hearing protection, can cause hearing problems, especially in industries that have higher rates of industrial deafness, such as construction, music, engineering and factory work. (1)

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about the hearing loss claim process, or if they would like to better understand industrial deafness, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133

(1)    Causes of industrial deafness - http://www.industrialdeafness.org.uk/causes-of-industrial-deafness - Industrial Deafness .Org July 2013

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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.
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Email: info(at)ason.co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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