Hearing Loss Claims: UK solicitor sets out types of factory machines which produce excessive work noise leading to UK industrial deafness and tinnitus compensation claims
Hearing loss claims: Find out what industrial deafness hearing loss claims are, the common types of factory machinery and tools which produce excessive noise and how to claim against a past or present UK employer.
What are hearing loss claims?
“Hearing loss claims” is the term used to describe claims for compensation for hearing damage made by workers or ex workers in factories, mines, foundries or other work places who have been exposed to excessive noise over an extended period of time or to single blasts of extremely loud noises, such as at aeronautical and demolition work places.
“Noise induced hearing loss” is also known as industrial deafness. An associated condition is tinnitus – a continuous buzzing sound in your ears which is typically at its worst in the quiet of the night.
What types of work machines produce excessive noise which can give rise to hearing loss claims?
There are many types of factory machines and tools which I have known to produce excessive noise and give rise to hearing loss claims, which include:
1. Milling machines
Milling machines come in all shapes and sizes and are used to cut raw materials such as metals (steel and aluminium).
2. Capstan machines
Capstan machines are a type of turning machine – used to turn metal producing nuts and bolts and other metal parts.
3. Drilling machines
Drilling machines are used to drill into metal and other raw materials. Drilling machines can be used in the production process of cars, washing machines, type writers, meters, etc.
4. Grinding machines
Grinding machines are generally used by fettlers to grind metal and ceramics to smoothe and remove remove imperfections. As well as producing excessive noise – such machines can also produce metal dust, which if inhaled can cause many types of lung disease including silicosis and siderosis.
5. Die casting machines
Die casting machines are used to produce parts of various forms – often molten metal is poured into a die and the casting removed to from a solid metal part.
6. Plastic moulding machines
Plastic moulding machines are used to produce plastic parts for various manufactured products – such as cars and trucks. Hearing loss claims can result from a machine operators exposure to the fluid sounds within the machine.
7. Burring, sanding and buffing machines
Burring, buffing and sanding machines complete similar tasks and result in products being smoothed by exposure to rotating metal wire or sand paper.
8. Blasting machines
Blasting machines are often used to clean metal products ,such as scaffolding parts. The noise produced can be enormous.
9. Knitting, weaving and sewing machines
Industrial factories (such as those historically found in Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester, Coventry, Stockport, Preston) produce wool and cotton products. Large knitting and weaving machines are used to produce the fabric which are rolled onto reels automatically – sewing machines are used to produce garments from the materials produced..
10. Blast furnaces
Blast furnaces can be used for many different processes, such separating minerals from metal.
11. Dumper trucks and cranes
Dumper trucks and cranes are just two examples of large mobile machines used in the workplace, which can produce excessive noise from not only the operation of the machine itself, but also from the sound of the tasks being moved. For example – the noise from a dumper truck load being tipped can be enormous and can lead to worker hearing loss claims..
12. Blowing machines, roller machines, pneumatic lifting machines, conveyor belts, breaking machines
The machines above are all examples of other types of work machinery I have encountered which can produce excessive noise and lead to industrial deafness and noise hearing loss claims.
What types of power tools can produce excessive noise
As with work machinery – there are many hand held power tools which can cause excessive noise – the majority are pneumatic tools – drills, chisels, breakers.
Some tools , such as lump hammers, which are wielded manually by labourers (as sheet metal workers) can produce excessive noise levels from there constant banging.
Can you make hearing loss claims from ex employers as well as a current employer?
“Yes” – if you have been exposed to loud machines or tools at work you can make hearing claims against all your employers – past and present.
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