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Oil and gas extraction workers, miners prone to hearing loss

North Carolina miners and oil and gas extraction operators are at serious risk of hearing loss, based on a new study. The study, which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, was conducted by researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Taft Laboratory in Ohio.

NIOSH recommends that workers be exposed to under 85 decibels of noise per eight-hour shift to avoid hearing loss. However, many operators in the mining and oil and gas extraction sectors are apparently exposed to more than this maximum. According to the agency's study, around 61% of all employees in those industries have been exposed to dangerous levels of on-the-job noise. Researchers found that 36% of noise-exposed employees in the construction sand and gravel mining industry suffered hearing loss. Meanwhile, 31% of noise-exposed uranium, radium and vanadium ore miners, 28% of bituminous coal and lignite surface miners, 27% of iron ore miners and 24% of copper and nickel ore miners suffered hearing damage. Researchers also found that 28% of noise-exposed operators in the natural gas liquid extraction industry suffered hearing loss.

According to safety advocates, companies can help reduce the risk of hearing loss in employees by implementing hearing conservation programs and rotating noise-exposed workers out of noisy areas. In addition, companies should encourage noise-exposed workers to wear ear protection, such as expanding earplugs and earmuffs, at all times.

If a worker suffers job-related hearing loss, he or she might be able to claim workers' compensation benefits, including medical coverage and wage-replacement payments. Some workers find it helpful to consult with an attorney before they file a claim. The attorney might find additional benefits that workers qualify for and may be able to negotiate a higher benefits payout.

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