With the prevalence of hazardously loud machinery in factories and workplaces across the country, it's no small wonder that hearing loss ranks as the most common workplace injury. Unfortunately, many workers tend to overlook the dangers of hearing loss. Similarly, businesses do not always provide appropriate precautions or take proper steps to reduce the risk for workers. An employee needs to know that hearing damage can be a compensable workplace injury in Minnesota.
What Employers are Doing to Combat Hearing Loss
According to the CDC, 22 million workers are exposed to dangerous levels of noise each year, and each year business's pay out an estimated $242 million in compensation to workers who experience a hearing loss disability. While employers are working to make their workplaces a safer environment in order to combat this rampant hearing loss, many believe the guidelines they are following are outdated and fail to take into account the noise that a worker may experience outside of the workplace, which puts them at a higher degree of risk for hearing loss than the employer's guidelines would estimate.
Until employers update their guidelines and begin to approach this problem more seriously, workplaces of all kinds will continue to remain a risky place to operate in without proper hearing protection.
What to do if you Experience Hearing Loss Due to your Workplace
When it comes to hearing loss in the workplace, many people may not realize that workers' compensation may be available. An estimated $242 million is paid out each year to workers who have lost their hearing due to high levels of noise in the workplace. If you have suffered hearing damage because of the noise at work, contact an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to learn what options you may have available.