Hearing Loss & Construction Equipment

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:48 by admin
Every year, approximately 30 million people in the United States are occupationally exposed to hazardous noise. Hearing loss, sometimes severe, often results. The highest incidences of hearing loss are associated with the construction industry, which employs an estimated 6 million workers in the US. In the last 10 years, hearing loss linked to construction noise has risen nearly 40 percent.

Occupational safety organizations blame construction-related auditory problems on the industry's increased dependence on heavy machinery and power tools such as bulldozers, excavators, loaders, generators, mobile cranes, jackhammers and lift trucks. Demanding time schedules requiring the use of multiple machines simultaneously and improper hearing protection also contribute to hearing loss.

Exposure to continuous noise may cause sounds and speech to become barely audible. The damage can be permanent or temporary. A hearing test is always recommended if hearing loss is suspected. Nearly one-third of all Americans suffering from some level of hearing loss attribute it to noise.

If you or a loved one has suffered hearing loss due to employment in the construction industry, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Construction Industry
  2. Hearing Loss
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