An employee of a whisky company who developed hearing loss while working on the bottling line wins a £45,000 damages case
Since 1990, Margaret Denny, 63, has been employed by the defence, Chivas Brothers Ltd., and its parent company. She claimed that the defender's negligence was to blame for her hearing loss, and she sought damages in addition to the price of hearing aids.
Sheriff Kenneth Campbell heard the case. Pilkington, an attorney, represented the pursuer, and J. Thomson, an attorney, represented the defender.
The pursuer was employed by the defender from 1990 to 2000 as a queue operator in its Newton bottling facility, and later she worked at another bottling hall at Kilmalid. In 1996, earplugs were made available to workers, but the pursuer and others noticed that they itched while being worn and occasionally came untied. Before a new kind of plug was released in 2015, there was no official training on how to use them.