We all know how irritating it can be when a construction site is temporarily located right outside your home or workplace. With all that drilling and banging it can be simply impossible to concentrate.
Imagine how it would feel if you had to deal with such levels of noise on a daily basis, because you were the one creating them. Every year, literally hundreds of workers in the construction industry report that their hearing has been damaged by exposure to unacceptable levels of noise in the workplace.
Which professions are at risk?
While workers in construction and carpentry are the most at risk for hearing loss in the workplace, there are plenty of other professions where the risk is also high and the dangers are rarely discussed. If you’ve ever noticed that the DJ in your local nightclub wears headphones, this may not be so he can mix tunes but actually just so that he can listen to them at an acceptable volume. This is because being in a nightclub environment every night can be devastating to your hearing. But have you ever seen any of the bar staff wearing headphones?
Having to deal with the loud roar of a motorcycle engine all day also makes motorcycle couriers one of the most at-risk professions when it comes to hearing loss, but even long-haul drivers can experience some level of loss due to the constant sound of their engine. The reason airport staff wear those huge headphones is clear; the sound of an airplane taking off right in front of you can be deafening. But even when wearing the headphones, hearing damage is still very possible. Our ears are simply not made to deal with constant high levels of noise, which makes every noisy profession a dangerous one.
What to do if you think your hearing has been damaged at work
If you believe your hearing may have been damaged at work through too much loud noise and a lack of ear protection, you may be entitled to claim personal injury compensation. If you’d like to know more, contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which specialises in helping victims of negligence to receive the compensation they are legally entitled to.
We are publicly endorsed by TV personality and consumer champion Esther Rantzen, who firmly believes that employers have a duty of care to protect their staff from accident or injury.