Redcar steel plant due to close

One of the largest steel making plants in the UK has announced that due to a stark deterioration in the price of steel that it can longer afford to produce the same quantity of steel at its Redcar plant. The plant’s owners, SSI UK have blamed poor steel trading conditions for the decline and state that such conditions are reflected across the globe. As a result the company has stated that steps must be taken to reduce steel production.

The effects of this cut could mean that the majority of the company’s workforce of around 1,700 employees could lose their jobs. The company has halted steel work at the plant for the time being in the hope that they can restart operations in the future.

The labour MP for Teeside, Anna Turley raised her concerns at the recent strike held outside the plant last week and stated “they’d not just be destroying an industry but destroying a heritage. 160 years of steel making on Teeside, 98 years as British Steel as we know it on site.”

Steelworks have been a major part of the UK’s heritage for over a century with multiple sites being present across England, Wales and Scotland.

There are many different processes which have to be completed in the manufacturing of steel products which include the blast furnace stage, secondary steel making, arc furnace stage, hot rolling and coating. All of these processes usually involve using large industrial machines and tools which generate excessive noise levels. During the earlier years of steel production such machines would produce much higher noise levels and would therefore expose employees to dangers levels of noise over time.

The introduction of the 1989 and 2005 Regulations on the prevention of exposure to noise have curtailed the number of individuals who are exposed to noise, with hearing protection being provided for employees to wear, with its use being enforced. However, there are still instances to this day where employees are not provided with adequate protection and are exposed to excessive levels of noise on a regular basis. Steelworks are not the only type of work place where noise levels are notorious for being high but also other industrial sites within the shipbuilding, car manufacturing, coal mining and construction industries.

Noise induced hearing loss is known to develop after workers suffer exposure to high levels of noise over a prolonged period of time where little or no hearing protection is provided. When exposure to noise ceases there is normally a significant period of time between the initial exposure to noise and the onset of noise induced hearing loss, this is known as the latency period. The error of many when they develop hearing loss is to assume that it has occurred as a result of old age alone, resulting in them failing to connect their hearing loss to noise exposure in the workplace.

If you have worked in a noisy environment after 1963 (prior to this point exposure to noise is classed as non-negligent exposure) and have not been provided with hearing protection for all or part of your employment with a company or multiple companies, you may be entitled to make a claim for noise induced hearing loss compensation.

What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of industrail deafness solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.

If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.

Claims are dealt with on a no win, no fee basis so if we are unsuccessful in your claim you do not pay anything. If your claim is successful you will keep at least 75% of the compensation that is awarded.

Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.

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