According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention the level of sound that could damage ears which, if exposed to for prolonged periods could cause permanent damage is 85db or more.
What does 85db sound like and could this hearing loss be caused by a work injury?
To give you an idea of how noisy 85db is, imagine a full school cafeteria, the shouting, the trays crashing down, kids rushing around, that’s the level. If you work in an atmosphere where you are exposed to that noise constantly then a work injury could occur. Another example of how easily you could sustain a work injury through hearing loss is that a bulldozer, whilst idling, creates 85db of noise.
However, bulldozers aren’t usually on a building site to remain idling so when it actually starts its works the noise exceeds the minimum damaging sound. This could create a much worse work injury if exposed to this for long periods of time.
How to avoid such a work injury as hearing loss?
If you are in a job where you are continually exposed to sound that could damage ears then there are certain precautions you can take.
One such way of preventing a work injury is to wear protection such as ear defenders. This will help muffle the sound so that the damage is less. If you are continually exposed to very loud sounds such as on a building site, your company should provide these as a health and safety measure. If they don’t, speak to your manager or health and safety coordinator. The last thing they want is a work injury claim so they are sure to help.
Make a claim
If you have an accident at work or anywhere else that isn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim. Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims. Our highly trained lawyers will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible, and most cases can be concluded without the need for you to go to court.
To find out more about making a work injury claim speak to one of our friendly advisors today on the 24-hour free phone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile. Endorsed by consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen, you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.
Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown