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Council Employee Recovers Compensation for Noise Induced Hearing Loss

A former council employee is to receive a five-figure settlement of compensation for noise induced hearing loss after a negotiated settlement of his claim.

For almost thirty-seven years, Alan Pashley (61) worked for Birmingham City Council as an HGV fitter. During that time he was regularly exposed to loud noises due to working with a compressed air gun in order to remove wheels from HGVs to re-align their brakes and clutches.

As a result of being exposed to excessive noise without adequate protection, Alan – from Northfield in Birmingham – has suffered a significant deterioration in his hearing and has developed mild tinnitus. Doctors say that due to his exposure to excessive noise, Alan´s need for hearing aids will be accelerated by ten years.

Alan sought legal advice and claimed compensation for noise induced hearing loss against Birmingham City Council. His former employer admitted liability, and a five-figure settlement of his claim was negotiated. The settlement will contribute towards the cost of the hearing aids he will need for the rest of his life.

Alan, a father-of-three and grandfather-of-six, told his local newspaper: “Poor hearing and tinnitus are extremely difficult and frustrating to deal with and they have a huge impact on my day-to-day life. They affect simple things like following a conversation to hearing the TV.”

“I was really shocked to find out the noise at work caused the hearing loss I was suffering and I think it is important that employers do everything they can to prevent people’s hearing being negatively impacted by noisy work environments. The only thing I can hope is that cases like mine are a reminder to improve workplace safety, particularly for people who spend a lot of time in a noisy environment.”

Alan´s solicitor added: “Unfortunately, we regularly see individuals like Alan who was failed by his employers. Companies continue to fail to take the necessary precautions to protect staff from hearing damage as a result of working closely with these tools.”