Noise-induced hearing loss is a common disability for many people who work on construction sites, in manufacturing facilities, in factories, or in printing presses. Although OSHA has established allowable exposure levels, and safety equipment exists to protect workers, hearing loss continues to occur because of willful safety violations or catastrophic accidents on the job site.
Have you suffered hearing loss due to inadequate hearing protection being provided by your employer?
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Common Workers That Are Affected By Hearing Loss
Construction workers can lose hearing in two ways: from long-term exposure to noise above 85 or 90 decibels or from sudden exposure to extremely loud noise (an explosion).
Some forms of hearing loss can be reversed; some lead to permanent tinnitus, hearing distortions, or outright deafness.
Workers at risk for hearing loss on the job site include:
- Sheet metal workers
- Masonry workers
- Machine operators
- Operating engineers
- Road construction workers
Financial Recovery For Construction-Related Hearing Loss
If you are suffering hearing loss or deafness and you suspect it is related to your work in the construction industry, the Chicago injury attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers stand ready to help.
Every one of our 22 injury lawyers has a solid working knowledge of construction. We understand your job and the risks you face. We are prepared to gather the evidence and to access the medical experts needed to prove your hearing loss was the result of your working conditions. Contact our Chicago law office for a FREE initial consultation today.
What Causes Hearing Loss
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has established safe levels for noise exposure. Over the course of eight hours, the legal limit of noise exposure is 90 decibels, and yet studies have shown that a third of all construction sites are above that level. (Even 90 decibels is problematic as long-term exposure to noise over 85 decibels is harmful.) It’s not uncommon for workers to be exposed to decibels of 115 or more.
It’s inevitable that workers using chop saws, skill saws, roto-hammers, and chipping guns are going to be exposed to excessive noise. Protective gear with a noise reduction rating (NRR) can be effective in preserving workers’ hearing.
While some workers may balk at wearing earplugs or earmuffs because they are less aware of activities going on around them, clear standards and enforcement efforts set the tone for a safe job site. Employers who fail to warn or counsel workers about the use of hearing protectors may be found in violation of OSHA standards and could be liable for hearing loss and other injuries sustained by their employees.