Browsing: Noise

TUE
2:23PM

Recommended controls fall short of WHS compliance

A PCBU did not satisfy its WHS duty to eliminate or minimise the risk of workers being crushed by an electric rise-and-fall platform (RFP), in a noisy environment, by fitting the RFP with a loud siren, a superior court has confirmed.

TUE
1:21PM

Workplace noise linked to distraction and acute injuries

Millions of workers are exposed to excessive noise, and thousands of injuries, including lacerations, burns and amputations, are linked to the hazard, which affects concentration and situational awareness, environmental health researchers have found.

WED
3:22PM

Psych claim upheld, air-conditioning claim rejected

A major government employer has been found liable for a worker's psychological injury, after its "messenger" wrongly told him he had been suspended. It was deemed not liable for the man's tinnitus, purportedly caused by the noise of workplace air conditioners.

MON
3:52PM

In-ear strategy softens workplace hearing loss rate

With noise-induced hearing loss remaining one of the most prevalent occupational diseases, despite regulatory thresholds, researchers have examined the benefits of personal in-ear monitors, and found they appear to improve the use of PPE and drive the implementation of engineering controls.

THU
12:10PM

Office worker's hearing loss was employment-related

A white-collar worker has been awarded lump sum compensation and the cost of hearing aids, after a tribunal found her office environment was noisy enough to cause noise-induced hearing loss.

WED
11:48AM

Work noise slows reaction times at relatively low levels

Injury-causing fatigue and delayed reaction times in workers increase significantly as workplace noise levels increase, a simulation of a noisy workplace has shown.

THU
1:55PM

Is your hearing-test process for workers compliant?

Employers with "noisy" workplaces have been urged to ensure mandatory hearing tests are carried out by authorised testers, given the provision of inaccurate data can have serious ramifications for businesses and their employees.

FRI
3:57PM

Employer fined $540k; WHS guides released; and more

  • Alarms ignored, worker killed, employer fined $540k;
  • WHS guides for worker accommodation and events released in NSW; and
  • WHS exemption extended in NSW.
FRI
12:47PM

Injury ruling points to ubiquity of noise hazards

In upholding a worker's noise-induced hearing loss claim, a tribunal has found claimants bear the onus of proving the relevant employment involved excessive noise exposure, before the evidentiary onus shifts to the respondent to show otherwise.


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