The NCB was aware of the dangers of exposure to excessive levels of noise from 1963, but over the years failed to protect their employees from such danger, with no comprehensive system of hearing protection in place until 1990.
We have over 20 years’ experience of pursuing claims for industrial deafness against the NCB, so your claim would be in safe hands. Generally, a successful claim against the NCB can give rise to awards ranging from £3,000 – £10,000.
The National Coal Board was created in 1947 on “vesting day”, taking coal production into public ownership until its privatisation in 1994. Whilst the NCB no longer exists, the Government Department BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) is responsible for any claims made in relation to injuries sustained or conditions contracted as a result of the negligence of the NCB.
The NCB undertook a variety of noisy activities, such as coal mining underground, coal mining on the surface (open cast mining) and coal mining into the sides of hills (drift mining), it also undertook activities involved with processing of coal and by-products of coal, with the operation of coke works and chemical plants. The NCB also operated a variety of noisy ancillary activities which supported their mining activities, such as metal working and wood working activities.
Those exposed to excessive noise would have included, by way of example: Face workers; development workers; machine operators (Doscos, Shearers, Trepans); shotfirers; rippers; haulage and supply workers; transfer point attendants; button boys; electricians; fitters; deputies; salvage workers; loco drivers/conductors; joiners; blacksmiths; washery workers; coke work operatives
The main areas in the UK where the NCB operated included:
Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Nottinghamshire, Newcastle
Aitken, Blairadam, Lochore
Glamorgan, North and South Wales, Pembrokeshire