Farmhand Serge Personeni To Be Compensated For Hearing Loss From Pig Squeals

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A man who worked on a piggery will be compensated after he sustained hearing loss partly as a result of the constant screams and squeals of the animals.

The Huffington Post reports that a French court in the western town of Lons-le-Saunier in the Jura region ruled that the Pelizzari group had committed an "inexcusable error" by failing to protect Serge Personeni from a work hazard.

Personeni was in charge of feeding and looking after nearly 4,000 pigs and worked on a pig farm from 2001 to 2008, until he went to a doctor for hearing loss, according to MSN.

Deafness was recognized as a work hazard in France last year. It was then decided that those working in places with decibel levels higher than 85 should receive protective equipment.

During a hearing in June, the court said the 59-year-old Personeni was made to "work in conditions incompatible with human dignity."

Just how much Personeni will be compensated is yet to be determined. The amount will be decided in the future after he is examined by a doctor.

Sources: Huffington Post, MSN