Freeclaim Solicitors urge employers to protect their workers from hearing loss

Industrial deafness, or noise induced hearing loss, is caused by a prolonged period of exposure to loud noise at work.


United Kingdom – WEBWIRE – Thursday, April 17, 2014

Employers have a duty of care to protect their workers, but this company carried out high risk activities, such as spray painting and work that exposed employees to prolonged, high levels of noise, with disregard to their health and safety.

Industrial deafness, or noise induced hearing loss, is caused by a prolonged period of exposure to loud noise at work. This is usually most common in jobs that include construction and manufacturing, but could also include any industry where workers are exposed to loud noise.
 
All employers have a duty of care to their workers to protect them from harm whilst they are at work. This includes monitoring noise levels in a workplace to ensure employees are not exposed to dangerous levels of noise. If noise levels exceed 80dB, employers should either look to reduce noise levels, or provide workers with adequate ear protection. If this protection is not provided and noise levels remain the same, and someone sustains hearing loss as a result, they may be able to claim industrial deafness compensation.
 
Recently, a joinery firm were fined for not adequately controlling noise levels for their staff, leaving them open to the dangers of loud noises in the workplace and industrial deafness. Improvement notices had been served to the firm, but were ignored and no changes to improve working conditions were made. A Health & Safety (HSE) investigation found several breaches to regulations, including the Control of Noise at Work Regulation 2005.
 
After the investigation, a HSE spokesperson commented on the case saying, “Employers have a duty of care to protect their workers, but this company carried out high risk activities, such as spray painting and work that exposed employees to prolonged, high levels of noise, with disregard to their health and safety. The company displayed poor performance over the period of our investigation. HSE will not hesitate to take action against duty holders who shirk their responsibilities in this way”.
 
Freeclaim Solicitors are urging businesses to ensure that they are doing all they can to protect their workers from noise induced hearing loss. If symptoms are detected at an early stage, and adequate changes are implemented, the damage to hearing may not be permanent. However, if symptoms are not monitored and no changes are introduced, and people with hearing damage are further exposed to loud noises, they can become far worse and lead to permanent hearing loss.
 
If you have suffered hearing damage or loss as a result of being exposed to loud noises at work, you may be able to claim industrial deafness compensation. Freeclaim Solicitors are specialist compensation solicitors who have a track record of success in hearing loss and deafness claims. They have over 25 years’ experience helping people who have been injured as a result of their working environment. To find out how Freeclaim Solicitors could help you with your claim, visit their website at http://www.freeclaim.co.uk or call their 24 hour helpline on 0800 612 7340.


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