A man from Lancaster has won compensation for hearing loss in a case that serves as a reminder of the dangers of working in noisy environments.
Nicholas Edwards worked for the same company for 15 years, first as a printer and later as a paste mixer and colour matcher. The workplace was noisy because of the machinery and vehicles in use, but it was only a few years before Mr Edwards left the company in 2005 that staff were given ear protection.
In 2013, Mr Edwards began to experience symptoms of noise-induced hearing loss, including a ringing sound in his ears and difficulty hearing over background noise. His family noticed that he didn't always hear them when they tried to get his attention. He now wears hearing aids, but he still finds it difficult to have conversations.
He contacted solicitors and made a personal injury claim against his former employer. He has now secured a four-figure settlement to compensate him for the damage to his hearing.