Have you ever worked in a factory?
Throughout the years, factories in Northern Ireland were common place and in the 20th Century traditional industries such as rope-making, linen weaving, flax spinning and tobacco production flourished.
Factories were and still are noisy places to work in. As a result, if you are exposed to loud noise, injuries such as hearing loss and tinnitus can occur. Nowadays, largely due to improvements in Health and Safety, employers must provide employees with suitable ear protection, if they are working in a noisey environment. However, in days gone by, proper ear protection was either not available or of such poor quality that it did little to protect an employee from injury. As a result many people were working in conditions which exposed them to noise and damaged their hearing.
Over the years Edwards and Co have successfully taken many claims on behalf of clients who worked in factories some examples of which include Harland and Wolff and Shorts/Bombardier. We have also advised clients who were exposed to noise when employed by Sirrocco Ropeworks, Mackies, Henry Campbell and Co(Herdmans), Blackstaff Flax Spinning and Weaving Co, Courthaulds, British Enkalon Ltd, Michelin Ltd, and Gallaghers.
If you have worked in a factory and think you may have hearing loss or suffer with tinnitus(noises in your ears such as buzzing, ringing, whining etc) please contact us to discuss your potential claim.