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Viola player wins landmark noise case against the Royal Opera House

A violist who sustained a life-changing hearing injury at a rehearsal of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre at the Royal Opera House (ROH) in London in 2012 has won a landmark case against his employer. The High Court ruling sets the first legal precedent around noise-induced “acoustic shock”.

*UPDATE* Copy-out permit allowed Stanlow tank explosion

Contractors who cut through a pipe at Stanlow Oil Terminal in Cheshire and caused an explosion in an oil treatment tank had been issued a permit to work copied from the previous week’s, though the hazard profile had changed, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told IOSH Magazine.

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Noise and vibration special: Glasgow Subway, on the rigs

Freyssinet’s refurb of the Glasgow underground cut hand-arm vibration risk with bespoke drilling frames. 

Noise and vibration special: A fit response

Fit-testing ear protection has yet to take off but it offers health and productivity benefits.

Noise and vibration special: Double trouble

Some medicines and chemical substances are associated with permanent hearing loss, especially when combined with noise exposure. 

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