Police Officer takes action against nightclub for damaged hearing
A nightclub in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent has been brought under fire as an officer who attended the scene of a suspected break in claims his hearing was damaged as a result of the continual sound of the burglar alarm whilst attending the scene.
The PC described the noise level at the scene as “unsafe” but it is not known how long he was present at the site. His claim for noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus is now being investigated by his legal hearing loss solicitors.
The average noise level of a burglar alarm is around 125 decibels and any noise level above 85 decibels is considered to be harmful if no hearing protection is worn, especially, if the noise exposure is suffered over a prolonged period of time. A noise exposure level of 100 decibels can cause permanent damage after just 15 minutes of exposure and therefore it is thought that a noise exposure level of around 125 decibels will likely cause damage to hearing after only a minute’s exposure..
Not only are burglar alarms a hazard for causing hearing loss but loud noise exposure experienced by employees of nightclubs, especially bar staff and doormen may also result in permanent hearing loss as a result of such workers being exposed to loud music and general noise for anything between 8 and 10 hours per shift.
In 2004, “Action On Hearing Loss” and the Trade Union, Congress took steps to investigate noise exposure in nightclubs across the country and found that in most nightclubs, noise levels reached 110 decibels which is comparable to the noise made by a chainsaw and yet hearing protection was not being provided to workers. This clearly showed, at the time of the report, that noise regulations were not enforced by many nightclub owners. This could result in them being found negligent failing to protect their employees from noise induced hearing loss.
Many have argued that the hearing loss claim for the PC will open the door to frivolous claims by other officers who have suffered exposure to noise whilst acting in the line of duty. However, any person who has been exposed to noise at work and is worried that they are suffering with hearing loss should be entitled to investigate a claim for hearing loss compensation.
If you are able to relate to the above and feel that you have been exposed to excessive noise in the workplace resulting in you suffering with noise induced hearing loss and/or tinnitus, you may be entitled to bring a hearing loss claim against your employer or former employer.
What’s My Deafness Claim Worth has extensive experience in dealing with people suffering with hearing loss and tinnitus. We have a specialist team of industrail deafness solicitors, as well as a fully trained audiologist, who will fight for the compensation that you deserve. Our team understands that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for you and they will do their best to offer an unparalleled support network and specialist legal expertise. If you have suffered a personal injury, which was not your fault, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.If you are suffering from loss of hearing, buzzing or ringing in your ears, you may be entitled to claim for compensation.
If you have been affected by hearing loss or exposure to noisy working environments you should not hesitate to contact us or to try our ‘Calculate my Claim’ feature on the right hand side of this page to see what your claim may be worth. We understand that the symptoms that you are suffering from can have serious consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account any time you have had to take off work, any treatment you have had to pay for including the cost of hearing aids and any other losses that you may have incurred.
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Call 0800 849 8700 to speak to a member of our specialist team of Industrial Disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.