Industrial deafness is fast becoming one of the most commonly reported accidents at work. The effects of losing your hearing can be devastating and it’s vital to take appropriate steps to reduce your exposure to loud noises at work. As a law firm with years of experience in all areas of personal injury compensation, Accident Advice Helpline is expert at identifying potential causes for workplace injuries such as industrial deafness. Here are the five workplaces where industrial deafness is most likely to occur.
Although not technically a workplace in the strictest of terms, the military tops the list incidents of industrial deafness. The Ministry of Defence is currently in the process of handling many claims for compensation from soldiers who have suffered severe hearing loss, the most common cause of which is inadequate hearing protection during live fire training exercises.
Construction workers are among the most likely to be affected by industrial deafness. The loud noises of power tools and building work can lead to serious strain on the ears.
Some airport workers, mainly baggage handlers and others involved in operations on the runway, are subjected to high noise levels from planes landing and taking off.
- Printing office
Offices housing a printing company for newspapers or magazines can make for an extremely loud environment. The high pitched shrill of the presses can reach ear-splitting levels and can cause long-term and short-term hearing loss.
Gardening may not be the first occupation that comes to mind when one thinks on industrial deafness. However, gardeners often use loud equipment such as lawnmowers and brush cutters.
How can I prevent industrial deafness?
The first and most simple way to avoid industrial deafness is by hearing adequate hearing protection. Choose the correct type of hearing protection i.e. in-ear or over-ear protectors. A combination of both can reduce levels by as much as 30dB.
The exposure time is also a critical factor when it comes to hearing loss. For example, in an environment of over 100 dB it’s essential not to spend more than one hour exposed to the noise.
Claiming compensation for industrial deafness
Remember, if you’ve been the victim of industrial deafness within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice