Industrial deafness injuries are still quite common in factories, building sites, military services and transport workers.
Since the introduction of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2005 employers are obliged to take for their employees and to provide them with safe working equipment and protective equipment including equipment to protect them from suffering any deafness injuries in the workplace.
In fact as far back as the 1940’s in Ireland there were certain provisions set down in respect of deafness claims for those involved in the Irish Army.
You might recall the famous army deafness claims of which there were thousands against the State in the mid 1990’s up to approximately the year 2000.
Those cases were based on the fact that the Irish Government i.e. a Soldier’s employer and the Minister for Defence did not enforce the proper procedures in order to prevent army deafness to Soldiers serving with the Irish Army and the Defence Forces.
TYPES, SYMPTOMS AND CAUSES
The main types of injury sustained as a result of industrial deafness are tinnitus and acoustic shock which generally occur in the workplace through excessive noise without proper rest periods and breaks and a lack of protective head gear or clothing.
The symptoms of acoustic shock and tinnitus generally include the following:
- Loss of hearing in crowded places
- Agitation due to background noise
- Loud ringing in the ear and increased sensitivity to sounds
Some employees can suffer from industrial deafness after years of exposure to various noises but in some cases it can occur after a single incident. A good example of this would be an explosion.
MAKING A CLAIM FOR INDUSTRIAL DEAFNESS
Sinnott Solicitors will explain the process of taking a claim for industrial deafness injury thoroughly to you from beginning to end and we will ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available to you for your injury in the event that you sustain those types of injuries in the workplace.
We can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your claim and every case will be different and will contain a different set of facts as to how the employer breached his or her duty of care towards you.