Thursday, 29 March 2012

Accident at Work Case Study - Hearing Loss

More than £270,000 compensation was paid out to a group of workers because of an accident at work because of “exposure to excessive noise in the workplace” that resulted in hearing loss.

One worker who had been working at the company for over 40 years developed hearing problems. He worked next to loud machinery that was so loud it was impossible to talk normally over it. It wasn't until the 90s when hearing protection was introduced but the damage was already done; he had lost 60 per cent of his hearing in both ears and because of his work will have to wear hearing aids for the rest of his life. A claim for personal injury was made resulting in £5,000 compensation. This is only one person from 70 who made compensation claims due to hearing problems.

It’s the responsibility of the employers to ensure that the “average and maximum levels of noise exposure are not exceeded”. Some of the guidelines that they must follow are:

• assess noise level at work risks
• reduce the noise exposure in areas where there are risks;
• provide employees with hearing protection if needed
• give all employees adequate training

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