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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged firms to ensure they adequately protect workers from high noise levels.

Judith McNulty-Green, an inspector for the body, made the comment after a company in Lincoln was fined for failing to reduce the noise exposure of employees from machinery in its workplace.

According to the expert, the firm was aware of the issue related to the noise but took no action apart from to provide workers with hearing protection.

'In relying on the workers using personal hearing protection, and compounding the problem by failing to provide any training in its use, the company had failed to do enough to protect its workers' hearing,' she explained.

'Other employers similarly relying on hearing protection and not properly considering what can be done to reduce noise exposure should take note of this case.'

Michael Brown, an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive, recently urged firms to ensure any work carried out at height is done so in a safe manner.

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