Mr Mitchell had worked for the Dunlop Rubber Company as an electrician from 1964-1978. He did an apprenticeship with the company before continuing to work for them as a time served electrician. During this time however, he was exposed to excessive noise levels which damaged his hearing and led to him making a .
Mr Mitchell’s job was to mend and install machinery in the factory. This exposed him to a great deal of noise coming from other machines within the factory. During this time he was not provided with any protective equipment for his ears or warned of the dangers of working in such a loud environment.
He decided to seek compensation on the ground that the Dunlop Rubber Company should have provided safety equipment to protect his hearing. The company admitted liability and agreed a four figure settlement with Mr Mitchell out of court.