Advice for Noise Induced Hearing Loss Claims
Have you worked in noisy environment and your hearing deteriorated?
If you have you are not alone as incidences of hearing loss due to a noisy workplace are one of the commonest health problems according to the HSE. 75% of all industrial disease claims are for occupational deafness.
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You will find that we provide practical, no-nonsense legal advice to ensure that your hearing loss claim runs as smoothly as possible, even if there is more than one defendant or they have ceased trading.
Workers in manufacturing and construction trades are at risk of exposure to dangerous levels of sound in comparison to workers in offices for example.
In order to protect workers the Government brought in the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
Types of noisy manufacturing equipment include:
- Glass Bottling
- Pneumatic Drills
- Airlines Milling Equipment
- Packaging Equipment
- Sawing Machinery
- Drilling Machinery
If sound levels increase above 80dB employers are required to take steps to protect employees.
There are a number of ways an employer can reduce and manage noise risk in the working environment:
Noisy equipment should be placed in areas with no workers or as few workers as possible, or screened off where this is impractical. If noisy machinery is in a working area the employer should provide sound insulation and anti-vibration machine mountings. The employer should provide effective hearing protection, The employer should reduce the amount of time employees are exposed to high sound levels, ie by job rotation or providing a noise refuge. The employer should carry out regular noise level assessments. Despite regulation, cases of Noise Induced Hearing Loss are still all too common.
If you work or have worked in a noisy workplace and have the following symptoms your hearing may have been damaged:
Temporary Hearing Loss Muffled Sounds Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus) Has your employer contributed to your hearing problems? If they have you may be able to claim compensation and we can help you.Our industrial disease team are happy to discuss your circumstances in confidence.