Employers are required by law to protect their employees from hazards which includes protection from noise pollution covered by the Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
When an employer ignores the strict regulations their employees could develop all kinds of hearing problems, from minor hearing loss to industrial deafness.
There are four main types of industrial deafness or hearing loss:
Industrial deafness and hearing problems normally develop over a prolonged period of time. Normally if an employee has to raise their voice to speak to someone two meters away, then they are at risk of developing some form of industrial deafness.
Certain types of work places are particularly hazardous where noise is concerned, such as workplaces where loud machinery constantly runs, factories, building sites, transport and nightclubs.
In fact the noise in a nightclub can be similar to that given off by a pneumatic drill, which is 8 times more than the level requiring ear protection in industry. In these environments ear protection should always be offered after running a full risk assessment.
If you have been diagnosed with an industrial disease and you are thinking about making a claim it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible as there are strict time limits on when you can claim.
Many employees worry that they could lose their job if they make a claim against their employer. However it is standard practice for an employer to have insurance that should cover any compensation awarded.
Also it is important to remember that by highlighting health and safety problems at work it prevents others from being hurt and in the long run could ensure that procedures are improved.
We can advise you of your best options and answer any concerns or questions that you have before processing any claim.
We work closely with our clients to keep them informed about their claim and our clients can also access our online file view system to find out where their case is up to at their own convenience.
If you would like legal advice about an industrial deafness claim for compensation call our friendly legal team on 0800 298 9690 or alternatively fill in the Claim Now Form to the right of this screen and we will call or email you back.