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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 from NIHL.

  • 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 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 exposed to.

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 today.