Occupational Hearing Loss for Oil Field Workers
San Antonio Oil Field Accidents Lawyer
According to OSHA, 22 million workers are exposed to possibly damaging
noise levels annually. Gas and oil field workers are particularly at risk
for hearing loss due to their working environment. Over 80% of all oil
field workers are exposed to noise levels higher than 85dBA daily. With
daily exposure to this type of noise, Noise Induced Hearing Loss is condition
oil field workers are almost guaranteed to have once they reach retirement.
Signs Your Workplace is Too Noisy
We at The Law Offices of George P. Escobedo & Associates, PLLC hope
that you are not being exposed to a working environment that is too loud.
Below are some warning signs you might be so you can protect yourself
- Your ears are ringing or humming once you leave work
- You notice you experience temporary hearing loss when you leave work
- You’re shouting to communicate with a coworker a two feet away
In order to protect workers from hearing loss, OSHA has set legal limits
on how loud is too loud for a workplace. According to them, the permissible
exposure limits for an 8-hour workday is 90 dBA. If your workplace is
extremely loud, you have the right protect yourself against hazardous
noise. Earmuffs or earplugs are one way you can protect yourself but are
less desirable to administrative measures or engineering measures your
employer should take to lessen the levels of hazardous noise workers are
Are You Experiencing Occupational Hearing Loss?
Employers have a responsibility to provide a reasonably safe space for
employees to work. If your employer has failed to provide you with such
a space and you have experienced an occupational injury due to their failure,
you have the right to compensation for your injuries.
Contact our San Antonio workers’ compensation attorney
for a free consultation