Wiltshire

Swindon rail worker wins £8,500 hearing loss payout

A former railway worker from Swindon has been awarded £8,500 in compensation after he became deaf following years of exposure to heavy noise at work.

Aubrey Akers, 72, was employed at British Rail's Swindon works, where up to 300 machines were operating at once, between 1956 and 1973.

Workers also had to contend with the sound of riveting and hammering.

His solicitors said employees were not provided with ear defenders or warned about the dangers of excessive noise.

Brigitte Chandler, of law firm Charles Lucas and Marshall, said the settlement figure was based on medical evidence detailing the severity of Mr Akers' hearing loss.

The Department for Transport said: "We do not comment on individual cases. However, where liability exists it is our policy to settle such claims as quickly and fairly as possible."

Mr Akers was unavailable for comment,

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