Despite the fact that, in comparison to many other European countries, Britain's level of work health and safety is high, employees are still at risk of suffering injuries if the company they work for neglects any part of the legislation which has been put in place for the nationwide welfare of staff.
Although the large majority of employers take care of their workers, others choose to ignore important safety regulations, and this can lead in an innocent individual suffering as a result.
As well as this, some companies might take great care to reduce the number of serious or fatal work accidents sustained by people employed by their firm, but fail to monitor other hazards which are perhaps less obvious, such as those which can cause hearing loss.
Hearing loss in an industrial setting
Many work environments are not loud enough to cause someone to develop hearing loss, but in some industrial settings, the noise produced by machinery can cause the inner workings of the ear to become damaged.
For instance, individuals who come forward to bring a claim against a former or current employer after sustaining industrial deafness in the printing industry are not uncommon.
Whereas being exposed to high noise levels for short periods of time can cause someone to suffer temporary hearing loss, unfortunately being exposed to constant loud noises from large printing presses and other equipment can cause permanent hearing loss.
The person whose hearing is being damaged may not even realise the extent to which their hearing has been lost until their quality of life has been seriously affected.
Struggling with hearing can make holding conversations with other people difficult, can take the enjoyment out of listening to music, and might even lead to loss of sleep and depression if tinnitus is experienced during periods of quite at night.
Reducing the risk of printing industry deafness
Ideally, where loud noises cannot be eliminated altogether, no one will work in an environment where there are sounds exceeding 80 decibels, however the Health and Safety Executive states that by law work areas must be no louder than 85 decibels.
Anyone being exposed to 85 decibels of sound should be given hearing checks at suitable and regular intervals throughout their employment.
Printing firms should work to reduce noise levels by replacing machinery and equipment for quieter models. They may also see levels of noise in the workplace decrease if they fit acoustic hoods to certain machines, or place them in separate rooms.
Another simple way of reducing the risk of staff hearing loss is by providing suitable ear defenders – making sure that employees know how and when they should be used.
Contacting expert personal injury solicitors
If you have sustained industrial deafness in the printing industry, Seth Lovis & Co. could help you bring a claim against those liable.
Whether you are still employed by the company in whose premises you developed hearing loss, or wish to make a claim against a former employer, phone us on 0370 218 4025 to talk to us about your case.