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Many council workers are exposed to high noise levels in their lines of work, especially road and construction workers. In Glasgow’s West End, council workers had to use noisy equipment to install new road markings. Unfortunately for the residents, they were exposed to the noise, too – and to make things worse, the works took place in the middle of the night on a Sunday.
Locals were baffled as they were woken by the sound of tarmac being scorched for new parking and loading bays. The work was delayed until the evening because of a cycling event in the area earlier on that day. One resident, a 54-year-old man, was certainly not impressed: ‘They were there until after 2 in the morning… the noise was ridiculous.’
The Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 states that the exposure limit to noise for workers is 87 decibels, taking into account any reduction in levels given by hearing protection. Sadly for the locals, these regulations don’t stipulate when that noisy work takes place!
According to a recent survey carried out by the Environment Agency and the AA, nearly half of drivers aged 65 and over would be willing to drive through a flood, putting themselves and their vehicle at risk, rather than turn around and find a different route.
Most of us are familiar with the warm orange glow of street lighting. The lamps are lit with sodium bulbs, which work by passing an electric current through a tube containing solid sodium. The reaction produces large amounts of heat and light.
This office is definitely not one for claustrophobics. Danish creative director Jonas Hallberg has renovated an old trailer into his own shabby-chic mobile office, meaning he can work wherever he likes.