Noise induced hearing loss has always been associated with people who have worked in heavy industry such as shipbuilding, the metal and steel industry and manufacturing. Over the last 10 years there has been a resurgence in the number of claims against employers for exposing their employees or former employees to harmful levels of noise whilst at work. It is widely accepted that after 1961, in most industries, employers should have taken steps to protect their workforce from exposure to noise by providing hearing protection.
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WE solicitors have represented a large number of former council employees throughout England and Wales who have been successful in pursuing compensation claims against their former employers for noise induced hearing loss caused through unprotected noise exposure.
Many occupations expose workers to hazardous levels of noise and the list of jobs is quite diverse. Many employers now ensure through proper training and the provision of proper hearing protection, that their employees are not exposed to noise above 85dB for extended periods of time without suitable ear plugs or defenders.
This week it is Tinnitus Awareness Week (8th-12th February) where hearing loss charities including Action on Hearing Loss and British Tinnitus Association (BTA) are campaigning to raise crucial funds for research and treatments.
Next week marks the start of Tinnitus Awareness Week, where up and down the country people will take part in the annual Tea for Tinnitus campaign event.