Solicitors in Long Clawson are sometimes engaged by workers in the dairy food industry, if they sustain an injury in the workplace for which someone else is to blame.
The ever-present risk of accidents in the workplace
The food industry is like any other, in as much as there is always a risk of accidents occurring that may result in injury if best practices aren’t adopted, correct procedures aren’t followed, and risk assessments aren’t carried out correctly.
Main types of injury sustained in the dairy industry
In the dairy industry, the main types of injuries that workers sustain include:
- Musculoskeletal injury;
- RSI by way of work-related upper limb disorders (WRULDs);
- Damage to hearing; and
- Respiratory illness and disease.
The major causes of the above given list of injuries come about through:
- Manual handling — lifting heavy, bulky loads;
- Slips, trips and falls;
- Falling objects striking and injuring operators;
- Exposure to hazardous substances;
- Falls from height;
- Collisions with on-site transport; and
- Injuries caused by machinery (e.g. conveyor belts).
The prevalence of work-related hearing injuries
Damage to hearing is something that can happen all too easily. People often don’t realise the levels at which noise can begin to become damaging, but approximately 17,000 people in the UK suffer from work-related deafness, ringing in the ears, or one of a number of other conditions because of excessive noise in the workplace.
The early signs of work-related hearing loss
- Problems with hearing, making holding a normal conversation difficult or impossible;
- People complaining that you have the television on too loud at home;
- Difficulty in using the phone, i.e. hearing the people on the other end clearly;
- Not being able to differentiate between certain letter sounds; and
- Permanent tinnitus (low-pitched whine, ringing, buzzing or humming, when there is no external cause).
Hearing loss is cumulative
One of the problems with hearing loss is that it is often gradual. In many instances, the first losses of hearing are not significantly obvious, but the effect if the noisy environment continues is cumulative.
Dairy industry bottling plant noise
In the dairy industry in particular, bottling plants often cause excessive noise. Depending on the individual plant, they can emit levels of noise anywhere from 85 to 100 dB. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 specify that employers are required to take action when noise levels in the workplace are between 80 and 85 dB.
Working with solicitors in Long Clawson
Our solicitors in Long Clawson may be able to help you to claim compensation for a work-related injury that you believe to be the fault of your employer.
Using Accident Advice Helpline nationwide
Many people nationwide now use the services of Accident Advice Helpline. By doing so, they can benefit from:
- Our industry-leading no win no fee service offer;
- Our 30-second interactive online compensation calculator;
- Our first class customer service as recommended by Esther Rantzen; and
- Free 24/7 helpline (0800 180 4123 from landlines, 0333 500 0992 from mobiles).
Date Published: 14th April 2014
Author: David Brown