According to studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about on the job health risks, occupational hearing loss was the most common, affecting approximately 22 million workers in the U.S. If you are working at a job that you feel is causing damage to your hearing, it is essential that your employer provide you with the necessary protection to avoid unnecessary damage. We have listed below some of the jobs with the highest risk for potential hearing loss.
Whether you are production assistant for a musician or even a server at a nightclub, hearing damage can easily occur due to excessive noise levels. Anything above 100 decibels can cause permanent damage; typically most concerts and clubs are above the level. If employees are working in that environment day after day, it can cause irreparable harm. Small ear plugs can be provided for employees to prevent this.
Most manufacturing companies are all about efficiency, but they do not often think about the level of noise that their machines make. Employers should be conscious of providing ear protection for their employees and considering buying quieter machines when possible.
For anyone working on a construction site day in and day out is putting their hearing at risk. Even the most common tools can emit noises so loud that they put your hearing health at risk. The hammer drill is one of the most used tools on construction sites, yet it measures at 115 decibels. Those who run theses work sites should invest in providing their men and women with quality hearing protection.
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For those that work in these fields or any other industry that may have caused serious hearing problems due to employer negligence or any other type of negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation. Whether you are located in Bakersfield, Fresno, or Santa Maria, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Berry, Smith & Bartell have over 130 years of combined experience.
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