02 November 2007
Worker awarded payout due to hearing loss
A man from Oxfordshire has been awarded £3,500 in compensation after suffering hearing loss while working in a factory, the Banbury Guardian reports.
Stuart Capell had worked for Alcoa, a producer and manager of aluminium which employs staff in 44 countries, for 31 years between 1974 and 2005.
He brought the claim against his former employers after realising that, during his time serving the firm as an operative, his hearing had become impaired.
The 61-year-old commented: "Despite the excessive noise I wasn't provided with any protection from Alcoa until the mid-80s.
"I realised something was wrong in November 2005 after a medical."
GMB officer Andrea Austin urged other people to come forward if they have experienced hearing problems as a result of noise at their place of work.
The GMB is a campaigning trade union which currently has nearly 600,000 members in the UK.