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Excessive Noise Increases Work Injury Risk

Steve Wagner

A new study shows that workers who are exposed to abnormally loud noises on worksites are at a higher risk of injury than those who are not. The study, published in Injury Prevention, was carried out by researchers at the National Public Health Institute of Quebec in Quebec City, and showed that for every decibel of hearing loss a worker suffered, their injury and hospitalization risk increased by 1%.

Further research showed that workers who were exposed to noise levels above 100 decibels had 2.4 times the risk of hospitalization as those exposed to lesser noise levels. For workers who have suffered hearing loss, and continue to work in an excessively loud environment, their work-injury risk is 3.6 times greater than those without either of these factors.

Part of the study also revealed that some workers are wearing protective hearing devices that may also be increasing their risk for injury. If protective hearing devices are too strong, they may prevent communication or signaling between workers, and injuries may occur as a result. Proper hearing protection needs to be analyzed and distributed based on the type of noise levels encountered on individual job sites.

Did you sustain a work injury as the result of hearing loss, excessive noise levels, or overly-strong hearing protection? If so, the law offices of Wagner Reese may be able to assist you with your case. Give us a call today to schedule a free consultation and talk about the steps you can take toward receiving compensation for your injury.

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