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Foden workers win tinnitus hearing loss compensation
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Foden is one of the famous names in UK truck making

Lawyers say dozens of employees who worked at the former Foden truck works in South Cheshire are set to win thousands of pounds in compensation.

According to the lawyers, payments are on the way for more than sixty men who suffer with hearing problems after working at Foden's factory in Sandbach.

Solicitor Rachel Birchall said: "Workers were exposed to noise from a variety of loud air powered hand tools - yet there was no hearing protection."

Foden was sold in 1980.

Compensation

Industrial compensation and personal injury lawyers Attwood Solicitors are acting for more than 60 former Foden employees. Solicitor Rachel Birchall from the firm says that agents acting for Foden are now prepared to give compensation, though final amounts for individuals were still to be worked out.

Foden truck
Foden badged trucks were made up until 2006

Stephen Bailey, of Middlewich, who worked at Foden for 33 years, said: "I worked in all the production shops at Foden. Some of them were very noisy but most of the time there was no form of hearing protection available.

"I now have a constant noise in my ears which sounds like a car engine ticking over. It is worse at night when everything else is quiet."

It is expected that more affected workers will come forward.

Sandbach was home to two of the biggest names in British truck manufacturing, Foden and ERF.

In 1980, Foden was bought by American company PACCAR. The last badged Foden truck was produced in July 2006, after 150 years of truck manufacturing in Sandbach.

PACCAR has so far not commented.





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