When you think about construction-job related injuries, you most likely think of accidents involving equipment and heavy lifting, but many workers suffer Arizona construction noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) every year that eliminates their ability to work productively, or even at all. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health mandate safety regulations and rules for noise levels on construction sites and at other job sites, noise incidents may still occur that cause hearing damage or loss. Injuries may occur when:
- Workers are not provided with earplugs or headphones to block out noise.
- Headphones or earplugs provided to workers are not adequate for noise levels.
- Workers are not provided with adequate information detailing the risks involved with their participation at the work site or in specific work-related tasks.
How to Avoid Arizona Construction Noise-Induced Hearing Loss
If you are a worker on a construction site, you need to do whatever you can to protect yourself from Arizona construction noise-induced hearing loss in order to keep your job and continue being able to work. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and your hearing from damage on the job. That being said, sometimes if another company is negligent with their equipment, damage can still be done to worker’s hearing and there can still be a claim for injury against the negligent party.
- If earplugs or headphones are not made available to you, ask your supervisor to provide them prior to engaging in noisy work activities.
- Provide your own headphones or earplugs that will protect your hearing above and beyond that required by law.
- Always double check the noise level against the max on your headphones or earplugs before starting any work and ensure that you have proper protection. Don’t have it? Ask for it before starting work.
Why Involve an Arizona Personal Injury Lawyer
If you are the victim of Arizona construction noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), you may need help from a skilled Arizona personal injury lawyer. The Husband and Wife Law Team investigates every case to determine culpability and we help victims who were injured at work get fair compensation to fill in the compensation gaps left by Workers’ Compensation (WC).
Our settlements go beyond the typical low amounts covered by Workers’ Compensation (WC) to provide long term monetary support, therapy, payments for medical visits, replacement of wages when the worker cannot return to work temporarily or permanently, and other damages. Contact the attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. today for a free case evaluation and help getting the compensation you deserve.