Worker hearing loss is most prevalent in the mining and quarrying industry, but construction has the second highest rate, according to early results from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Occupational Hearing Loss Surveillance Project. Audiograms from 1,122,722 workers were analyzed, and NIOSH found that 23 percent of those with material hearing damage were employed in construction.
Nearly $250 million per year is spent on workers compensation for hearing loss. What are you doing to address noise hazards for your workers?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Michael Alberico is a Senior Vice President and Construction Practice Leader at Assurance, as well as the Practice Leader of Assurance’s Alternative Risk program. With over 35 years of experience, Michael’s primary responsibility is to provide comprehensive and integrated risk management programs that fully address risk needs while maintaining price sensitivity. Michael graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.