Most workplaces have potential safety hazards. When protecting
employees, roofing contractors focus on the more obvious hazards,
such as fall protection and burns.
However, in many work environments, noise-induced hearing loss
often is an overlooked occupational hazard. Hearing damage
resulting from overexposure to excessive noise levels is insidious
because it occurs gradually. And because it has no visible effects,
hearing damage often goes undetected.
During the course of a day, roofing workers may operate roof
cutters and saws and work near gas-powered generators, which can
produce extremely loud noise levels. As a result, hearing
protection may be required.
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