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4 ways construction puts workers at risk of hearing loss

On Behalf of | Feb 5, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Construction sites are bustling hubs of productivity, but amidst the clatter of machinery and the hammering of nails, there’s a silent danger that often goes unnoticed – the risk of hearing loss among workers.

If you’re a construction worker, it helps to know ways in which your occupation may cause you to lose hearing, so that you can take steps to protect this vital sense.

Exposure to high-intensity equipment noise

In the world of construction, heavy machinery reigns supreme. From excavators to jackhammers, the discord of noise generated by these powerful tools can exceed safe decibel levels. Prolonged exposure to such high-intensity noise is a leading contributor to hearing loss among construction workers.

Inadequate hearing protection practices

While awareness of hearing protection is increasing, the implementation of it on construction sites often falls short. Many workers may know the importance of protecting their ears at job sites but lack the necessary protective gear. Construction workers should speak to their employers about their ear health and request pertinent protective gear.

Lack of regular audiometric testing

Preventive measures are crucial in safeguarding against hearing loss, and regular audiometric testing stands at the forefront of early detection. Audiometric testing is a painless and noninvasive hearing test that examines an individual’s ability to hear different pitches, sounds and frequencies.

Routine testing allows for the early identification of potential hearing issues, enabling prompt intervention. Unfortunately, in the construction industry, this practice is often overlooked.

Absence of noise control measures

Construction sites are inherently noisy environments, but strategic measures can be implemented to control and minimize excessive noise levels. Ignoring these measures can contribute significantly to the risk of hearing impairment among workers.

Are you starting to lose your hearing due to prolonged exposure to noise at your job site? If you are, then it can help to speak to a legal team about your concerns. This way, you can receive guidance on how you should go about pursuing any compensation that you may be rightfully due.



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