The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 requires employers to reduce noise levels as far as possible and to provide and enforce the use of appropriate personal protective equipment in working environments with high noise levels. People working in the building trade, on production lines in noisy factories and people working with noisy machine tools are highly susceptible to work related hearing loss and other industrial accidents if they are not provided with the proper safety equipment.
Industrial deafness can best be described as the deterioration of your hearing as a result of your working environment and conditions. Any employee who is exposed to loud noise over a prolonged period, or in exceptional cases even for a relatively short period, is at risk of developing industrial deafness.
Tinnitus is a physical condition (rather than a disease) and can also be caused by an overexposure to noise. The condition manifests itself by causing noises (most often described as ‘ringing’) in the ears when no such noise is actually present.
The length and intensity of exposure to loud noises both on a daily basis and over a period of time are contributing factors to industrial deafness and tinnitus. Occupations which are most frequently affected by industrial deafness and tinnitus are those who use heavy machinery and include the manufacturing, construction, agriculture and transport industries.
Making a Successful Occupational Deafness Claim
Employers are legally required to provide insurance cover against accident claims by employees. Where an employee has suffered hearing loss due to the employer’s breach of duty you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. When you contact Anderson Smith Law about making an industrial hearing loss claim, the circumstances surrounding your claim will be assessed during your initial consultation and we will be able to tell you the likelihood of your claim resulting in compensation.
ASL operate on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that we do not charge you if the claim fails. If the claim succeeds we seek a contribution from our client’s damages with the majority of the award going to our client. Remember this is only if you win your case so you will never be out of pocket.
We have years of experience as work related illness compensation solicitors and we will bring our wealth of knowledge to your case.
Hearing loss can affect your quality of life and can affect your ability to do your job if you need to be able to hear your co-workers around you for safety reasons. We would always advise people who believe they have an industrial illness or work related hearing loss claim to speak to our experts without delay on 0333 300 1408.