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Firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

Published: Tue, April 23, 2013 @ 10:30 a.m.

Firefighters sue over hearing loss from sirens

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Four Pittsburgh firefighters are suing seven companies that manufacture fire trucks or sirens, claiming they’ve lost hearing due to the blaring sirens.

The firefighters range in age from 38 to 62 and joined the city’s fire bureau between 1975 and 2000.

They’re claiming that Mack Trucks Inc., Seagrave Fire Apparatus LLC and five other firms “knew or should have known the products ... were inherently dangerous, defective and hazardous to human hearing.”

The men claim they’ve suffered irreversible hearing loss “due to exposure to the intense noise.”

The firefighters are seeking unspecified monetary damages and are not suing the city.

They contend the manufacturers should have insulated the sirens to protect their hearing and/or provided warnings about their use.


1rickking123(324 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I guess those firefighters didn't realize that there might be sirens involved in their jobs. Maybe the manufacturer should make a silent siren for the benefit of the firefighters. I wonder if they know that fires are involved in their jobs and that fires are hot and can burn you too.

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2NilesOhio(927 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

If you sit inside a train locomotive, the horn sound is far less audible than outside the cab. I don't see why that would be different than a firetruck.

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3dmacker(445 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

My mother taught me at an early age that if I stuck my hand on a hot burner I'd get burned. How could these firefighters not know that blowing a loud siren nearby could damage your hearing. This is just another example of not accepting personal responsibility for our actions and always blaming someone else. Like the woman who sued McDonalds after she spilled hot coffee on her lap. Duh.......

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4paulydel(1541 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This sounds like they are in it for the money. I'd like to be on that jury because I'd not only say no but hell no.

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