Many of the personal injury claims made in Swansea that we handle are related to accidents that take place at work. The injuries that we help people to claim compensation for are often the result of slips, trips and falls, repetitive strain injuries, musculoskeletal injuries, and injuries to sight and hearing.
Hearing loss can be cumulative if noise pollution persists
The problem with injuries to people’s hearing is that it often creeps up on victims unnoticed. It tends to have a cumulative effect, which in the beginning is very difficult to detect. However, continued, repeated exposure to any sort of noise pollution means that hearing loss can get slowly worse until it reaches the stage where that hearing loss becomes clearly recognisable and defined.
Handling claims in Swansea for noise induced hearing loss
Noise induced hearing loss can be temporary or permanent. Either way, if can affect your quality of life, your on-going health and safety, and your ability to earn an income, and the blame can be laid at your employer’s doorstep. You are both legally and morally entitled to financial compensation for your injury.
Here at AAH, we handle claims from victims of occupational related hearing disorders, not only from Swansea, but across the UK. If you wish to draw on our specific hearing injury knowledge and expertise, then give us a call.
Speak to your employer
If you are concerned about specific noise pollution in your working environment, it’s important that you take the matter up with your employer. In the first instance, they should issue you with appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) and these quality ear defenders will help protect your hearing.
This should of course be a mandatory process brought about in the first place by your employer’s duty of care to carry out appropriate risk assessments and issue any necessary PPE. However more steps can be taken.
Some of the actions employers can take to reduce noise pollution
Employers should also look at the possibility of reducing noise levels by such measures as:
- Moving any noisy machinery to areas of the factory further away from staff
- Enclosing any noisy machinery that cannot be moved, inside a sound insulated enclosure.
- Fitting machinery with anti-vibration mounts
- Installing acoustic screens around noisy equipment
- Installing silencers to noisy motors
- Carrying out regular maintenance to grease moving parts, and lessen rattling
- Bringing in work rotation schedules to minimise any workers exposure duration to specific noise pollution
The advantages of working with AAH
Working with an industry leading personal injury claim solicitor like ourselves here at AAH offers specific benefits to clients. These include:
- Our industry leading no-win, no-fee service as recommended by Esther Rantzen.
- Use of our free 30 second web based compensation calculator.
- Our unsurpassed customer support service.
- Use of our free 24/7 helpline – 0800 180 4123 from landlines – 0333 500 0992 from mobiles.