Former mill worker compensated for hearing loss in Chatburn textile mill (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Former mill worker compensated for hearing loss in Chatburn textile mill
2:17pm Tuesday 15th October 2013 in News
AN out-of-court settlement has been secured by a former textiles mill worker for hearing loss against a firm which was once one of East Lancashire’s largest employers.
Insurers acting on behalf of Smith & Nephew Ltd agreed a £3,500 payout to ex-weaving technician Keith Bailey after he was exposed to ‘excessive levels of noise’ at the firm’s Chatburn premises.
His representatives, WE Solicitors, say he was first employed as an apprentice by the company, which was previously known as Stonebridge Cotton Manufacturing Ltd, before securing a more senior post.
During a 16-year career he was exposed to noise from piconal, Northrop and sulzer machines, for which he now suffers mild hearing loss and tinnitus.
Smith & Nephew has previously made payouts to former workers at its other premises in Colne and Brierfield as the result of noise complaints.
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