Industrial Deafness Compensation Claims
Industrial noise is the most common cause of occupational hearing loss or as it is commonly known, industrial deafness. It is irreversible. More than 1 million employees in Australia are estimated to be exposed to high levels of industrial noise at work, so high as to cause permanent hearing impairment.
Workers who suffer permanent hearing impairment and can achieve the thresholds set under the respective Acts, are able to claim lump sum compensation and the cost of medical treatment including hearing aids.
Industrial deafness occurs as a result of exposure to noisy work environments over a long period of time and generally affects hearing in the higher frequencies.
The symptoms of a worker suffering from industrial deafness include but are not limited to:
- Difficulties hearing in open spaces, such as shopping centres;
- Difficulty talking on the telephone;
- Listening to the television on a higher volume.
Normally, workers who have to shout to communicate with their colleagues who are in close proximity is a clear indication that their employment has the tendencies, incidents, and/or characteristics which would, on the balance of probabilities, give rise to a real risk of boilermakers’ deafness, or deafness of a similar origin.
It is important to note that even though you may be working in NSW, your claim may be made against another states’ workers compensation legislation.
Occupations Causing Exposure
Occupations which could expose you to noise sufficient to cause industrial deafness:
- Machine operators
- Factory workers
- Construction workers
- Truck drivers