Recent statistics for noise induced hearing loss in the workplace show a hidden undertow of work inflicted hearing damage, that all too often is overlooked, officially discounted or disregarded when making a claim for disability or compensation.
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In 2009, the HSE completed a comprehensive report on the effectiveness of hearing protectors in everyday work situations. The report looked at various industries including printers, a bottling plant, metal fabricated buildings manufacturers, sheet metal workshops and a County Council.
SOLICITORS have been inundated with calls from former pottery workers who believe noisy machinery made them deaf.
Earlier this month, The Sentinel revealed ex-ceramics workers suffering hearing problems could be in line for compensation if they were exposed to more than 80 decibels of noise – equivalent to the sound of an alarm clock – at work.