BT Engineers Claims For Tinnitus And Hearing Loss
The CWU's web site and the Union's Voice magazine have carried news items with regard to tinnitus and hearing loss caused by long term use of oscillator and amplifier tone sets.
This week, LTB1033/10 was issued to remind all union branches that the Union’s Legal Services Department is encouraging any BT engineer who suffers from tinnitus and hearing loss and who have used oscillator and amplifier tone sets supplied by BT to contact the Union.
In conjunction with the CWU's Panel Solicitors the union is pursuing claims for compensation for members who have sustained injuries as a result of using this work equipment.
BT engineers will be aware that the oscillator and amplifier tone sets supplied by BT came in four classifications described as green sets, yellow sets unmodified, yellow sets modified and blue sets.
The Union’s solicitors have obtained via the Courts a position statement by BT in which liability is accepted in relation to the use of certain amplified tone sets, subject to causation in individual cases. (Causation means we have to provide medical evidence that each individual member's medical condition has been caused by the said tone sets). Additionally, BT are not currently enforcing the three year limitation period in which claims need to be issued.
Please note that irrespective of how long ago it was that CWU members used the said equipment, it is recommended that they register a claim with the CWU so that the union can investigate any potential claim on their behalf.