The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 places a number of requirements on duty-holders in order to prevent staff members from damaging their hearing. For example, when an employee works in conditions louder than 85 decibels, managers may have to take appropriate steps to prevent him or her from experiencing harm – such as providing hearing protectors.
If adequate preventive measures are not implemented, these individuals may eventually suffer various conditions, such as deafness or tinnitus.
Fortunately, many employers realise that hearing loss can greatly affect a person's quality of life, potentially preventing them from working or completing day-to-day tasks. Consequently, they usually implement suitable measures in order to minimise harmful noise exposure.
Yet, it has been claimed that many employers throughout the 20th Century did not adequately protect the wellbeing of their staff members. For example, it has been reported that those working in shipbuilding were exposed to excessively loud noises up until the 1980s – and some of these individuals could have sustained hearing loss as a result.
Hearing loss in the shipbuilding industry
Allegedly, many retired or older shipbuilders could be suffering from conditions such as tinnitus after being exposed to excessive sound levels while completing their jobs. Reportedly, these individuals may have developed hearing problems due to working in close proximity to noisy machines, undertaking practices which could produce loud noises, and not being provided with adequate protection.
It has been suggested that loud noises in shipbuilding were largely regarded as an occupational hazard – meaning employers might have known about the risks, but did not take appropriate action.
Those working in shipbuilding could have completed a variety of jobs which may have damaged their hearing, such as abrasive blasting, high-pressure steam cleaning, or tasks which used pneumatic pumps.
However, if a shipbuilder developed a hearing problem due to work-related activities, they may be entitled to claim deafness compensation through an experienced law firm, such as Seth Lovis & Co.
Deafness claims for shipbuilding workers
Deafness claims for shipbuilding workers are not just about helping those adversely affected by non-fault incidents receive compensation, they could also recover lost earnings, reimburse treatment costs, or provide therapy fees. Consequently, an experienced hearing loss solicitor can help a sufferer obtain justice – and allow them to live a better quality of life.
To find out if our team of specialist lawyers can help you claim compensation, please call us today on 0370 218 4025 or complete an online enquiry form.