A tanning salon worker has reportedly been ‘awarded £241,277 after she went deaf at work’ because she was subjected to listening to a fire alarm ‘for four hours’.
Haesel McDonald allegedly suffered damage to her ears when she was working in the Indigo Sun Retail shop in Dundee, in December 2015.
The 26-year-old brought a case against the salon, after claiming she was told she had to ‘keep working’ there while the alarms were going off by her manager at the time.
According to the Daily Mail, she now needs hearing aids and has had to abandon her dancing career.
After being awarded the sum of money in March 2021, the salon has reportedly appealed the decision at the Sherriff Appeal Court but lost.
The court heard: “She was distressed. The noise could be heard by persons within their properties on the other side of the street.
“She had hoped that the alarm could be turned off or that she would be told to close the shop and go home. Had she done so without permission she was reasonably fearful that she would have lost her job.
“The potential for harm to the pursuer from exposure to noise from the fire alarm ought to have been apparent to Mr Campbell.”
McDonald was allegedly suffering from a ‘headache and ringing’ in her ears and left the shift in a ‘distressed state,’ according to court documents.
Rejecting the appeal, Sherrif Stephen said in a written judgment: “We are satisfied that the sheriff fulfilled his function to assess what was fair and reasonable compensation given Ms McDonald’s age, loss and circumstances leading to an award of damages which can be justified on the material available to him.
“The appeal has been refused on all grounds advanced by the appellant who shall be liable to the respondent in expenses of the appeal as taxed.”
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