Health and safety regulations are clear on the allowable levels of noise in a work place, and stipulations are also in place to regulate how long an employee can work in an area of high noise. The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 (the Noise Regulations) are aimed at reducing the risk of industrial deafness and, if followed astutely, can fully protect workers from the risk of suffering noise-induced hearing loss.
The Noise Regulations came into force on 6 April 2006 for all industry sectors in the UK (except for the music and entertainment sectors where they came into force on 6 April 2008).
Employers have a responsibility to protect their employees’ hearing by reducing the exposure to loud noise either by supplying adequate personal protective equipment or by using noise reduction methods in the workplace.
Industrial deafness may occur gradually, almost imperceptibly, and may only be truly noticeable after many years of damage have been rendered. Once diagnosed, a worker who has suffered such work-related hearing damage may be able to make an industrial deafness claim for compensation against their employer.
At George Ide we sympathise with the frustrations of coping with life affected by industrial deafness and can help you in your claim in an understanding and sensitive manner, whilst at all times striving for the most positive outcome in your industrial deafness claim.
A successful claim for damages could help you seek treatment for your industrial deafness or help fund the cost of hearing aids and implants, so why not call us today to discuss your claim or email us using the details contained within our solicitor profiles and we’ll be happy to discuss the circumstances of your industrial injury.
To make an industrial deafness claim contact George Ide LLP, personal injury solicitors in Chichester – We’re always on your side.