Too many construction workers are suffering from premature hearing loss.
At Tucker Paving, we take the safety of our workers seriously. This includes ensuring that they use proper hearing protection on every job. Many people don’t realize the importance of protecting their hearing until it’s too late.
Why You Should Care About Your Hearing
The construction industry is a noisy one, and according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), more than half of all construction workers have experienced some degree of hearing loss. Unfortunately, hearing loss is not reversible, so once you lose it, it’s gone.
Starting with the first day on the jobsite, every construction worker should become familiarized with appropriate protective gear, including hearing protection devices. Earplugs are pretty common, but not always very effective. Only about 70 percent of individuals can insert an earplug correctly on the first try. Sometimes, the provided earplugs simply don’t fit a person’s unique ear canal. Also, workers may not want to insert earplugs with dirty hands while working, or waste time removing gloves to do so.
There are advanced hearing protection and communication solutions available. Environmental listening devices muffle loud sounds but amplify sound when things are quieter. This allows for greater auditory situational awareness while still providing adequate hearing protection.
No matter what particular method is used to protect workers’ hearing, the most important component of protection is compliance. Frequently removing hearing protection greatly diminishes its effectiveness. At the end of the day, we at Tucker Paving want all of our employees to go home in good shape and ready for another day.
Count on Tucker Paving
When you have asphalt or paving work that needs to be done, you can rely on Tucker Paving to do a thorough and professional job, while taking all necessary precautions to safeguard not only our own workers but our clients and the general public as well. Count on Tucker Paving to get the job done quickly, correctly, and safely.