In the United States, nearly nine million people are susceptible to injuries in noisy jobs every day; that is, they are exposed to noises that not only affect how they feel but that endanger their health. All employers should be aware of the risks of allowing their workers to be constantly exposed to these noises. The effects of workplace noise on an employee are both physiological and psychological.
There are different types of noises that can hurt people. The first type is irritating noise that keeps the worker from concentrating, often adding to the pressures of the job. Another type of workplace noise is more dangerous, with the potential to cause accidents by preventing communication or detection of warnings such as evacuation alarms.
Both types of noise can lead to health problems. The most common problems are chronic, although there are cases of eventual or complete hearing loss.
It’s estimated that nearly 30 million U.S. employees work in noisy conditions. The law defends workers by obligating business owners to reduce health risks for employees. If you face a health risk of this type at your workplace, Grupo MedLegal can help you. We have more than 30 years of experience handling cases like yours. Our lawyers and doctors are specialists in injuries from noisy jobs.
It’s important to provide workers with a work environment that allows them to do their best. This investment will allow the worker to achieve better results and the company to get the maximum benefit from the worker’s skills as well. If a worker has an injury related to a noisy job, the best thing to do is to hire a lawyer to represent him or her in court. Grupo MedLegal is always ready to help.
Grupo MedLegal is perfectly acquainted with this type of case. Hearing loss due to noise exposure at work can be painful and expensive. The cost of medical care and hearing aids is often quite high. We will seek the highest possible compensation for the worker. If you work in an area such as construction, mass production, assembly, factory, or foundry work, you could be exposed to very high noise levels and should be trained on how to take care of your hearing. You may lose hearing temporarily—for a few seconds or a few days. If you have had short-term hearing loss, you may be at risk for permanent hearing loss as well. Long-term exposure to loud noises can lead to total hearing loss. The most dangerous aspect of hearing injuries is that symptoms are often difficult to identify and recognize. Most employees don’t realize they are losing their sense of hearing until it’s too late: the damage has already been done.
There are other risks from noise in the workplace besides hearing loss. Exposure to constant noise at work can cause other types of physiological problems, such as accelerated heart rate, difficulty breathing, digestive problems, and changes in brain activity. Workplace noise also has psychological effects: personality changes, aggression, stress, reduced productivity, irritability, and socialization issues.
The most important thing is to prevent and reduce noise injuries, supplying equipment needed to reduce noise levels. If it is not possible to avoid high noise levels completely, the employer should limit the amount of time workers are exposed to noisy equipment. In fact, the company should keep the loudest equipment in an area separate from most workers and require workers to use noise-canceling headphones and earplugs in that zone. Remember that your health is what is most important.