Older Construction Workers at Risk for Hearing LossPublished: Nov 07, 2018 in Personal Injury, Workplace accidents
The Center for Construction Research and Training (sometimes known as CPWR) recently published a study stating that over half of former construction workers have experienced hearing loss. While there is a certain amount of hearing loss associated with aging, this study showed there are also certain factors that could make hearing loss worse. The CPWR devised a way to determine the levels of noise exposure workers had experienced during their careers. They then compared the hearing ability of workers who had been exposed to high noise levels with those whose noise exposure had been relatively low.
An injury suffered at the workplace, especially one that affects your hearing, can be devastating. Don’t face your situation alone. At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., our work injury attorneys will use their expansive knowledge of the law to help you fight for an optimal case outcome. To schedule a free consultation, contact us through our online form, or call (205) 933-1500 today.
Construction Workers Exposed to Several Factors That Could Lead to Hearing Loss
The CPWR study reported that 58% of former construction workers suffered from some sort of hearing loss. Overall, it was found that construction workers have significantly more risk of hearing loss than those in the study’s control group.
The length of time spent working was also found to affect hearing. If you spent over 30 years working, you’re nearly four times more likely to experience hearing loss than those who spent less than 10 years working, according to the study.
Other Factors That Could Lead to Hearing Loss
A link has also been drawn between smoking and hearing loss. The CPWR study found that if you smoke, you’re 18% more likely to suffer hearing loss than someone who doesn’t. Additionally, it was shown you are at a higher risk for hearing loss if you have above-average exposure to solvents. Solvents are particular chemical compounds, present in many paints, cleaners, and pharmaceuticals.
Hearing Loss Could Cause Injuries in The Workplace
A decrease in your hearing can result in all sorts of negative consequences at your job. Hearing loss could mean you have trouble discerning instructions or warnings from your co-workers. In addition, you may have trouble noticing particular sounds in a background of noise. This could make it difficult to notice when something is wrong. All of these issues could result in an injury, and could potentially be avoided by preventing hearing loss.
Does Hearing Loss Entitle You to Compensation?
Your job may lead to hearing loss, which may lead to an injury on the job. A good work injury lawyer will tell you whether the exact circumstances of your injury entitle you to compensation. In general, Alabama law requires the following conditions to compensate you for a work injury:
- Your employer must be covered by Alabama work law
- Your injury must be the result of an accident, or an unforeseen event that was not caused by human error
- Your injury must have occurred over the course of your employment
- Proper notice of your accident must have been given to your employer
Suffering from Hearing Loss Incurred at Work? Contact Us Today
Work injuries can cost you more than just your health. Depending on the severity of the harm you suffered, you may be unable to work. This can make your increasing medical costs even harder to deal with. At Belt, Bruner, & Barnett P.C., we recognize the enormous strain a work accident can place on your life. Our lawyers can handle every aspect of your case, so you can focus on recovering. Call us at (205) 933-1500 today, or use our online form to schedule your free case evaluation.