Hearing loss as the result of an accident at work can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person will ever encounter. Imagine not being able to hear the voices of loved ones, so many moments you wish you could have experienced differently, from hearing your child or grandchild talk for the first time to hearing friends exchanging their wedding vows. It’s vital that your hearing is protected at all times in the course of your work.
Here are five UK trades that are prone to industrial deafness claims:
- Printing: Those who work in a printing environment are subjected to painfully loud noises from moving machinery that can seriously harm your hearing. It’s important to wear adequate ear protection in this line of work.
- Call centre workers: Call centre work might not seem like an industry where industrial deafness is prevalent but using a headset at a high volume for an extended period of time can result in permanent hearing loss.
- Airport workers: Those who work on the runways often work in the vicinity of aeroplanes and other machinery that can reach ear-splitting volumes. This is an occupation where the importance of hearing protection cannot be understated.
- Construction workers: Construction workers may be required to use a variety of power tools in the course of their daily workload. Many of these power tools such as jackhammers and pneumatic drills produce high noise levels and vibration. As a result, construction work is an industry prone to industrial deafness claims and vibration white finger.
- Mining and Quarrying: Explosives are often used for blasting in the mining and quarrying sectors, a single exposure to an explosion could be enough to damage your hearing permanently. Maintain a safe distance from any blasting activities and use proper hearing protection.
Making a claim for industrial deafness
If you’ve developed industrial deafness in the course of your work over the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation, including work-related injuries, and all of our claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no fee* basis.
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Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice