Ex-factory workers set for loss of hearing damages settlements

Many ex-employees of an industrial factory are in line to be awarded compensation settlements on the grounds of deafness and hearing problems.

Some 60 former workers at a depot in the Cheshire urban area of Sandbach owned by truck company Foden - which was established in 1856 and has been a division of Paccar Incorporated since 1980 - are set to win claims for damages on the basis that their hearing was harmed during their careers there, according to the Crewe Chronicle.

Cases brought against the organisation due to noise exposure are from employees who worked there between 1959 and 2001 and individual settlements of up to £12,000 are expected where loss of hearing can be proven.

One claimant, Stephen Bailey, worked at the plant for 33 years and told the news source that he "now has a constant noise in my ears which sounds like a car engine ticking over".

"I'll have to put up with the problem for the rest of my life. There's no cure and a hearing aid wouldn't help," he added.

Posted by Craig Williams

27/01/2011 16:45