Noise can cause hearing damage that is permanent and disabling. The nature of the construction industry means that its workers are likely to be more at risk than those in other sectors. According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE):
"Hearing loss is not the only problem. People may develop tinnitus (ringing, whistling, buzzing or humming in the ears), a distressing condition which can lead to disturbed sleep."
"Noise at work can interfere with communications and make warnings harder to hear. It can also reduce a person’s awareness of his or her surroundings. These factors can lead to safety risks – putting people at risk of injury or death."
The HSE provides information about how to assess the risks of noise, (click here to read more) and advice about how to control noise (click here to read more).