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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.

Fuel co sentenced over Stanlow tank explosion

A UK manufacturer and supplier of fuel products has been fined after an explosion at its tank farm at Ellesmere Port in Cheshire.

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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. 

Heather Bryant, Balfour Beatty

The resurgent infrastructure and construction services group’s OSH head is driving down accident rates with carefully phased programmes. 

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