Deaf South Yorkshire OAP, 74, wins cash payout

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A SOUTH Yorkshire pensioner has won an undisclosed four figure settlement after being exposed to excessive noise 30 years ago.

Former labourer and forklift driver Robert Scrivens, aged 74, has been told he needs to wear hearing aids years earlier than expected after being exposed to excessive noise with no protective equipment when he worked for Hepworth Pipe Co Ltd from 1983 to 1998.

The grandfather-of-seven, from Thurlstone, near Barnsley, contacted industrial illness experts at law firm Irwin Mitchell who have secured the settlement from his former employers for the hearing loss.

Robert worked in the production area at the factory, later known as Hepworth Building Products Ltd, and was exposed to high levels of noise from kilns, fans, electric saws and other machinery.

Now the pensioner, who has three grown-up children, has to lip read when his family talk to him, misses hearing his grandchildren play and has to have the TV turned up very loud.

He said: “It’s so frustrating to think that steps could have been taken to protect me so that I wouldn’t have to suffer with hearing loss for the rest of my life.

“I started struggling with hearing loss four of five years ago but I put this down to getting older.”