Those of us who work in an office take for granted the usual conditions of peace and quiet. Except for an occasional noisy day – perhaps as a result of Monday morning quarterbacking or Friday afternoon excitement for 5:00 PM, office environments tend to be fairly quiet. Workers at other jobs may not be able to enjoy that same level of background noise – in particular, construction workers come to mind. Take for example the employee who spends his days operating a jackhammer – the noise levels that must be endured are hard to imagine. Even though there is protective gear available, it is difficult to believe that these types of things completely negate the noise.
Excessive Noise Is a Physical Hazard
So is this type of work considered a hazardous work condition? One could argue that it is and, as such, injuries suffered as a result of it would be covered under workers’ compensation. In fact, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) does require protection against the effects of noise exposure to be provided when sound levels rise past a certain level. The standard requires that when employees are subjected to excessive levels of sound, administrative or engineering controls need to be used and, if these measures do not reduce the sound levels sufficiently, personal protective equipment must be provided for employee use.
What If the Protective Equipment Does Not Prevent Injury?
Even when protective gear is utilized, there still exists a valid concern about injury in these types of situations. If an employee does suffer an injury, he needs to report it to his employer as soon as it is known that the injury exists and was caused by the workplace hazard. The law in Georgia requires that employees who have been injured on the job must report the accident to their employer immediately and that there is a chance the employee could lose their benefits if they wait longer than 30 days from the date of injury or the date that they became aware that the injury existed to report the matter. If an employee suffers a work-related injury such as hearing loss, the amount of workers’ compensation available and the length of time the employee is entitled to collect workers’ compensation is dependent upon the facts in the case.
For Workers’ Compensation Issues, Turn To Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
If you have been injured in any type of work-related accident, the Bader Scott Injury Lawyers is the place to go for answers to all of your questions about workers’ compensation. The experienced professionals at Bader Scott Injury Lawyers will work with you during a free consultation to review the facts of your case and help you understand your rights and responsibilities under the law. Georgia law requires you to act quickly and, if you fail to do so, you risk losing your right to request the relief you deserve. Contact us today by calling us directly, or visit us online so that we can help you pursue the benefits you are entitled to receive.