Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Not-so sweet sounds

Hearing loss is a major problem in the industry, but goes unnoticed at first.

When people outside the industry ask about the biggest safety risk for landscape contractors, my answer is always the same: “If by ‘biggest safety risk,’ you mean what could kill them, it’s a piece of equipment rolling over on them. But the hazard that landscapers face every day is noise exposure and hearing loss.”
It’s hard to find statistics specifically on the landscape industry, but the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says occupational hearing loss is the most common work-related illness in the United States, estimating 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that nearly 125,000 workers have suffered significant, permanent hearing loss since 2004. If you work in the field and don’t practice good hearing safety, you will experience hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a tricky problem: It usually causes no pain, has no visible trauma, leaves no scars and is completely unnoticeable in the early stages. It accumulates with each exposure and can take years to notice any changes. It can’t be cured, but it can be prevented with good hearing safety practices.
Hearing loss is a function of noise level (measured in decibels) and exposure time, but a small increase in noise, only 3 dB, cuts the safe exposure time in half. Hazardous noise levels are defined as exposure above 85 dB for an 8-hour work day. That is roughly equivalent to being on, or around, a fairway or rough mower all day. If you are operating a chainsaw at more than 100dB, you could experience hearing loss in as little as 15 minutes.
The source of this article was found on lawnandlandscape.com, for the full article please click here.
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MICKEY MCCORD | March 10, 2014


  1. I hear yah Admin! I also work in building repair and property maintenance services here in Gold Coast. Our job is never been so easy but we love to deliver high quality service to costumers.

  2. Aside from no sweet sounds, I heard the news here in our place about a man who died because the backhoe he drive was fell from the mountain. It was so horrible about what happen to him and I felt so sorry for his family. Our work is not easy, but we love to deliver good service for everyone.
    Commercial construction for the South East Queensland