Client wins £9,500 in case against Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited
We successfully pursued a claim for a gentleman who was diagnosed with noise induced hearing loss after being exposed to excessive levels of noise during the course of his employment with Ingersoll-Rand Company Limited from 24 April 1989 to 29 September 2000 as a Production Line Fitter at the Defendant’s premises at Swan Lane, Hindley Green, Wigan.
During this period of his employment, our client was constantly exposed to loud noise, both from the activities he was undertaking and the work carried out around him. Air tools, drills, pneumatic guns, hammers and similar tools were in constant use by those working on the production lines.
It was impossible to hold a conversation with a colleague when they were using an air tool which suggests that the levels were so high that negligence could be established.
Hearing protection was available for use. However, it was not issued to each employee, nor was it compulsory to wear it. Instruction, information and training about the necessity to wear hearing protection and the reasons for doing so were not provided to our client which we relied upon as further proof of negligence and we succeeded in recovering a total compensation sum of £9,500.00 for his injuries and future, private hearing aid costs.