This is a guest post from Chris Evans of Atrium Legal.
Thousands of workers are subjected to loud noise in their working environment every day. If these people are not provided with sufficient protection, their employer is breaking the law and would be liable for hearing loss compensation claims against them. Today we discuss the process to these legal proceedings.
Noise of 85dB and above has the capacity to lead to hearing loss. The law requires hearing protection to be mandatory when workers are exposed to noise of these levels. Length of exposure also has an impact on the likelihood of noise induced hearing loss developing. A vacuum cleaner at 85dB can cause levels of deafness after 8 hours of exposure. Incidentally, For every 5dB increase in volume, the time halves. This means that a chainsaw of 100dB could start causing hearing loss in as little as an hour. A tree surgeon for example would be exposed to the noise emitted from this tool for hours every day.
There are several forms of hearing protection, but the first applied method should be to limit the noise at its origin. Personal protection should be a secondary measure and or whilst the source of the sound is addressed. The most common forms of personal protection are ear plugs and muffs. They both have their merits for different situations; ear plugs are more comfortable and are used for longer periods of use, while ear muffs offer a higher level of protection but are cumbersome.
Although this article is talking about the claiming procedure, we would recommend preventing any possible industrial hearing loss before it happens. If you work in a noisy environment, especially if it is over 85dB and you are not provided with protection, you need to take action. You should first raise this with your boss. If they fail to implement precautions you should then seek legal advice.
A hearing loss lawyer will access your working history and arrange a hearing test. This hearing test will establish if you are suffering from hearing loss and if it is noise induced. Deafness caused by noise only affects the high frequency scope of your hearing. If your test shows only loss in these frequencies, it has to be due to noise at work. The solicitor will then do everything from there. They will have the evidence in the form of your employer, their industry and your hearing test so will have a strong case to pursue your hearing loss compensation.
About the Author:
Chris Evans – Atrium Legal
Atrium are Industrial Disease experts, helping people whose health has deteriorated due to their job. Hearing loss claims are one of their specialist areas and due to this they have a vast amount of knowledge in the area.