When you work in the construction sector, you are working, daily, around machinery and equipment that cause consistent or short bursts of loud noise. While this may initially seem a mere annoyance, or perhaps even the norm, over time it can be one of the leading causes of work-related ailments, including industrial deafness.
How common are hearing injuries such as industrial deafness?
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is on the decline, with 120 new cases in their latest report, down from 150 in 2011. Cases have dropped significantly in the last decade due to improved health and safety regulations minimising the risk of accidents at work.
That being said, the HSE confirms that throughout ‘all industry, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil claims accounting for about 75 per cent of all occupational disease claims.’
It is not an issue that can, or should, be ignored.
How can I protect my hearing from industrial deafness?
It is important that you are aware of the laws surrounding noise in the work place. In many sectors, such as factory work or industrial plants, it is possible to noise-proof rooms to reduce the impact of noisy machinery.
This is often the case on building sites, where labourers are often working directly with the equipment in question. If this is the case, employers should provide ear protection when noise levels exceed 85dB(A).
When noise levels are less than 85dB(A), but you are exposed to the sound for prolonged periods, it is important to have rest breaks and invest in ear protection.
Can I claim for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss or industrial deafness?
If you believe you are suffering from NIHL because of the nature of your profession, you may be able to claim compensation for your work-related disease.
You will need to be able to prove you are not liable for the injury you have sustained, and show how your employer has shown negligence in regard to your health and safety.
Accident Advice Helpline
Claiming for your work-related hearing injuries can be difficult without adequate experience. A law firm, such as Accident Advice Helpline, can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.
Working on a no-win no-fee* basis, Accident Advice Helpline has years of experience in dealing with personal injury claims, and will work to ensure you receive any compensation you deserve for the harm you have suffered.
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Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice