Posted: June 23rd, 2011
A refuse collector from Rochdale, who sustained permanent hearing damage after working alongside noisy bin lorries and recycling machinery, has been awarded 8,250 pounds in loss of hearing compensation.
Graham Wild (50) from Middleton, Rochdale, helped keep the streets of Rochdale clean of rubbish for more than thirty years. During this time he was exposed to noise levels of 90dBs – higher than the health and safety limit of 85dBs that was recognised in the late 1980s.
It was only when he took a free hearing test that it was revealed that Graham had a mild noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. He now has to wear hearing aids in both ears and suffers from a lack of sleep due to the high-pitched ringing in his ear.
Alleging that he had never been advised of the dangers associated with loud machinery or provided with any personal protective equipment, Graham sued his employers – Rochdale Council – and, in an out-of-court settlement, was awarded 8,250 pounds.