We are all exposed to some level of noise in everyday life however it is well recognised that excessive noise can lead to permanent hearing damage. It is estimated that each year around 17,000 people suffer some sort of hearing damage due to excessive noise at work. Once your hearing has been lost there is no way to bring it back and the disability is permanent. It is therefore very important to not let this happen in the first place. If you live in the Gordon area and are concerned that you may have some hearing damage that is caused by your employment then the following will be of interest to you.
If you can show that the hearing loss is not your own fault then you may be able to start a hearing loss claim with an injury claim solicitor in Gordon. This is when an employee claims compensation from their employer because they have damaged hearing and that damage was caused in work. Accident Advice Helpline can help you with this sort of claim and have wide experience of negotiating fair levels of compensation in all types of injury claims.
What type of noise can feature in injury claim solicitor Gordon claims for hearing loss at work?
If you can answer ‘YES’ to any of the following then you may be at risk of hearing loss.
- Are you exposed to noise as loud as a vacuum cleaner for most of the working day? This level of noise would be described as intrusive.
- If you are standing or sitting about 2m away from one of your work colleagues, would you have to raise you voice to have a conversation?
- Does your job involve using a noisy power tool for more than half an hour a day?
- Does your hearing feel muffled at the end of the working day?
Which occupations most often start injury hearing loss claims?
The construction industry is often associated with hearing loss due to the machinery and vehicles that are often used. The demolition and road repair industries also involve the use of heavy and noisy equipment. The canning and bottling industries create a high level of noise and workers can be exposed to high noise levels for long periods. Any work that involves explosives is obviously going to expose workers to high levels of noise.
Starting an injury claim for hearing loss at work
This could not be simpler. All you have to do is contact Accident Advice Helpline and discuss your case with their highly trained, professional advisers. They will be able to answer all of your questions and tell you what happens next. An employer has a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees and this includes protecting their hearing from damage. This may be achieved by changing systems of work, rotating tasks or by providing personal protective equipment such as ear defenders.