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Hearing Loss Among the Fruit of the Loom Workforce in Northern Ireland

Hearing Loss Among the Fruit of the Loom Workforce

Fruit of the Loom, a renowned clothing manufacturer, operated a plant at Templemore in Derry until its closure in 2000. This plant’s shutdown marked a significant shift in Northern Ireland’s textile industry. While the economic impact of such closures has been widely discussed, the long-term health implications, particularly hearing loss among former employees, often go unnoticed.

The Hidden Impact of Industrial Noise

The industrial settings at Fruit of the Loom‘s facilities, much like those at other textile factories, involved constant noise from machinery and production lines. Such environments are prime for causing hearing impairments, including tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss, which can profoundly affect workers’ quality of life long after the noise has ceased.

Reflecting on a Quieter Industry

The closure of the Fruit of the Loom plant in 2000, coupled with other factory shutdowns in the area, such as the Ben Sherman shirt factory, reflects a broader decline in the textile industry of Northern Ireland. This decline is significant not only in terms of job loss but also in the potential health repercussions for those who spent years working in noisy environments without sufficient hearing protection.

Support and Compensation for Your Hearing Loss

If you or someone you know has worked in noisy job environments like those at Fruit of the Loom and is experiencing symptoms of hearing loss, Paschal O’Hare Solicitors can help. Led by Solicitor Orla Shevlin, our team specialises in navigating the complexities of compensation claims for hearing loss. We provide expert legal support and guide you through every step of the process, helping you secure the compensation you deserve.

Get in Touch With Our Hearing Loss Solicitors 

Facing hearing loss can be daunting, but you don’t have to face it alone. Contact Paschal O’Hare Solicitors at 028 9031 3613 or reach out using our online form to receive a free consultation. Let us help you take the first step towards mitigating the impact of your work environment on your hearing health.


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