Occupational exposure to noise is a significant cause of hearing impairment and disability.
In the early 80s approximately 600,000 workers in the British manufacturing industry were exposed to substantial levels of noise and, more recently, 11% of employed men and 6% of employed women from a large community survey reported that they had to raise their voice to be heard in the workplace.
Another 3% of men and 2% of women claimed they left work with temporary deafness and ringing in their ears every day.
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- The types of industrial deafness
- The symptoms of industrial deafness
- The causes of industrial deafness
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Employers have particular duties to protect the hearing of workers and employees. These are now found in the Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which tightened the duties on employers to prevent exposure to noise. The Noise Regulations set out "action levels" – particular noise levels at which action must be taken.
Hearing Loss Compensation Claims
If employers do not protect workers from noise, and you develop hearing problems as a result, you could be entitled to compensation.
Our specialist industrial disease solicitors have secured compensation for many people who have suffered injury caused by their exposure to elevated noise levels at work.
Call us on 0800 0891331 and take your first step towards compensation.