Any job on construction sites comes hand-in-hand with working in close proximity to noisy tools and machinery. This equipment, necessary as it is to provide an effective and efficient job, is in fact one of the leading causes of hearing damage on the worksite.
Accidents at work occur in all sectors, no one profession is exempt from occupational risks. Yet, construction workers face industry-specific hazards, including working in a noise-polluted environment, which can lead to temporary and lifelong hearing damage on the worksite.
How much of a problem is hearing damage on the worksite?
According to recent statistics published by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there has in fact been an improvement in the number of reported cases of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) due to hearing damage on the worksite. The HSE reported 120 new cases in their most recent report, which is down from 150 in 2011.
That considered, although numbers of affected workers has dropped, this does not take away the harm and distress imposed on those who do suffer from this occupational ailment.
Is it possible to claim for hearing damage on the worksite?
If you sustain hearing damage on the worksite, depending on the circumstances surrounding your workplace arrangements, you may be able to claim personal injury compensation for this occupational ailment.
If you work directly with noisy equipment, your employer should provide ear protection when noise levels exceed 85dB(A). If noise levels are below 85dB(A), but you are exposed to the sound for lengthy periods, your employer should still provide suitable ear protection. In all cases, you must be granted respite from prolonged exposure to sudden and/or loud sounds.
Employers have a legal duty of care to their employees, meaning they must take reasonable steps to protect the health, safety and well-being of their staff. If you are required to work in or near to a noisy work environment, your employer legally must ensure that your hearing is as protected as possible. When they fail in this duty of care, you may be able to claim for your work-related disease.
Accident Advice Helpline
If you have sustained hearing damage on the worksite, and you feel your employer is liable for the impairment and distress you have endured, at Accident Advice Helpline, we may be able to help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Call us today on free phone number 0800 689 0500 for more information.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown