Find out some of the machinery used in the construction industry which can cause hearing loss to workers and result in industrial deafness claims
The construction industry involves the use of many machines which produce excessive noise. Workers who are exposed to excessive noise without adequate hearing protection can suffer from reduced hearing which becomes evident as the worker ages – often many years after exposure to the noisy machinery.
Some examples of machines which produce excessive noise include:
1. Pneumatic drills
These drills produce a large amount of excessive noise and are used in various different ways in the construction industry.
2. Circular saws
Circular saws are typically used for cutting of wood and other materials used in the construction industry, such as cutting of floorboards in houses or frame work structure for dividing walls.
3. Nail guns or Hilti gun
This gun fires nails in to steel which can be used for the construction of various different structures, such as buildings and bridges.
4. Staple guns
Staple guns are used for various tasks in mining and this equipment has been known to produce excessive noise.
Grinders are used to cut and shape metal which if used frequently produces not only excessive noise but quite often excess vibration running the risk of hearing problems and vibration conditions such as VWF.
If you have used any of these types of equipment in the workplace in the construction industry or other work environment and find you are suffering symptoms of some form of hearing loss or tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or have developed another condition such as a breathing problem from the inhalation of dust or vibration condition (as vibration white finger)it is advisable that you contact a specialist industrial disease solicitor as soon as possible to discuss whether you might have a claim for compensation.
Remember –there are only three years from date of injury or date of knowledge of injury to make a claim. Knowledge is calculated as the knowledge of a reasonable man – not necessarily your own actual knowledge.
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