Sunday, 19 May 2019
Tuesday, 7 May 2019
Research from hearing protection and noise monitoring company Eave has identified that the present approach to noise exposures may be inadequate.
According to Eave's founder and Chief Executive David Greenberg:
"The Control of Noise at Work Regulations were put in place before we had today’s understanding of ‘hidden hearing loss’, which can mean reduced ability to perceive speech or communicate in noise, and there is evidence that this can happen at noise exposures below 80 dB(A). The regulations don’t account for the cumulative effect of lower noise levels.”
Hidden hearing loss is linked to degradation of the auditory nerve in the brain, and means that an individual might be able to hear speech sounds, but would have difficulty processing them.
This could also mean that an individual with hidden hearing loss would pass some forms of hearing tests used in the workplace today, such as pure-tone audiometry testing, which is based on responding to sound tones and frequencies rather than speech.
Greenberg believes that the precautions and thinking set out in the Control of Noise at Work Regulations fail to capture this risk. “The current regulations assume that if you build up 98% of your exposure levels for one day, then you go back to zero the next day.
“That is factually incorrect. Our hearing declines because of the cumulative effect of noise. People might not be identified as being at risk under the current guidelines, but they still go deaf.”
Friday, 3 May 2019
2 Sisters Food Group fined £1.4 million + costs after a worker was injured while unblocking a machine.
- 2 Sisters Food had failed to identify deficiencies in the guarding on the machine on which the accident occurred.
- The clearing of blockages was usually carried out while the machine was still in operation.
- On 6 September 2012, an employee of 2 Sisters Food Group Limited was attempting to clear a blockage on a conveying system.
- He was struck by a large metal stillage.
- As a result, his body was crushed at chest height against the end of the unit.
- He sustained multiple injuries including several fractured ribs, fractures to his back and a punctured lung.
- There was inadequate segregation of fork lift trucks and pedestrians within the workspace of the Mid Cheshire Pallets factory.
- A risk assessment had been carried out but had not highlighted the importance of marking segregation areas.
- On 27 March 2017, an employee of Mid Cheshire Pallets Ltd was carrying a pallet across the workshop when he was struck by an FLT being driven by another employee.
- The worker suffered serious fractures to his leg and ankle in the incident and was off work for several months.