Workers in Texas and throughout the country are exposed to many hazards on the job. Noise is often not seen as a significant safety hazard for workers, but it does pose a serious threat to workers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that hazardous noise puts an estimated 30 million workers in the country at risk each year. Noise in the workplace can lead to many serious issues for workers and is an issue that should be addressed by employers to keep workers safe.
Listed below are the ways hazardous noise is dangerous for workers:
- Long-term hearing damage
- Increased physical and psychological stress
- Increase workplace accidents and injuries
- Reduce work productivity
Employers are supposed to keep employees safe and reduce the risk of injuries, including hearing damage. OSHA reported that while many employers provide personal protection, many workers do not use it correctly or insert it wrong so their hearing is still at risk.
Education is key to protecting workers. Employers should provide proper safety protection gear and train workers on how to correctly wear safety gear. Workers should also be aware of the hazards to their hearing and take action to keep themselves safe and free from injury.
Workers who have suffered hearing damage or another injury caused by noise in the workplace may be able to file for workers' compensation benefits in Texas. Workers' compensation benefits can help pay for medical expenses and lost wages. If you have been injured, working with a skilled workers' compensation attorney can help you understand your rights.