A 50-year-old Greater Manchester man has received a compensation payout for tinnitus and deafness after years of being exposed to excessive noise in his workplace.
During his 30 year career the man was never offered protection such as ear defenders, despite regularly being exposed to noise levels in excess of 90db.
He commented, “I was furious when I found out. The council never told us about the dangers or I would have bought something to protect myself.”
He now needs to wear hearing aids in both ears, and suffers from insomnia as a result of his tinnitus symptoms.
The man’s personal injury solicitor commented, “Historically, excessive noise and hearing loss was perceived to be confined to heavy industry. But we are now seeing occurrences more often in lighter industries, such as refuse collection.”