What is industrial deafness?
Around 17,000 people in the UK suffer from deafness, ringing in their ears (eg. tinnitus) or other ear conditions caused by excessive noise in their place of work. Work related noise induced hearing loss may be caused by a single extremely loud noise (such as industrial explosion) or as a result of prolonged exposure over many years, such as through the regular use of industrial machinery. Employees who have been exposed to dangerous levels of noise at work, which has caused or exacerbated hearing loss, can potentially claim compensation. People who work in the following sectors are most at risk of hearing loss:
● demolition or road repair
● plastics processing
● textile manufacture
● general fabrication
● forging, pressing or stamping
● paper or board making
● canning or bottling
How is occupational hearing loss avoided?
Your employer must comply with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to noise in the workplace. Their duties include providing you with hearing protection where necessary and abiding by the legal limits on noise exposure. The levels of noise exposure which must not be exceeded, known as exposure limit values, are:
● daily or weekly exposure of 87 dB
● peak sound pressure of 140 dB
Some of the activities which are known to cause hearing loss – such as powered hammering and drilling – are also associated with vibration white finger (VWF).
How can I make a claim?
The industrial disease lawyers at CH Legal can help employees who have suffered hearing loss as a result of their job – even if the noise exposure occurred in the past. If you would like to find out more about how we can help, get in touch with Julie Smith or call 0845 4786 354.