At least 60 ex-employees of Foden Trucks are to receive compensation payments for loss of hearing sustained due to high levels of noise at the Sandbach, Staffordshire, factory.
The previous insurers of the now-closed Foden Trucks factory have agreed to make compensation payments to former employees who can show they have suffered a hearing impairment due to working in the noisy environment between 1959 and 2001.
In the case for the former employees, it was claimed that they were exposed to high levels of noise from a variety of air-powered hand tools with no hearing protection. Many people who had worked for a long period of time on the factory floor now suffer various degrees of tinnitus and other hearing loss complaints.
Individual amounts of hearing loss compensation are yet to be announced, and the process could be delayed due to the need for independent medical examination and the expectation that more former employees of the ex-truck manufacturers may still come forward.