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DANGEROUS DECIBELS HITTING THE WRONG NOTES AT WORK

Press Releases   •   Jul 03, 2015 11:02 BST

In the wake of rising claims, Allianz Commercial has issued customers with risk management advice to help reduce their exposure to noise in the workplace.

Hearing loss, caused by exposure to noise at work, continues to be a significant occupational disease with around 170,000 people in the UK thought to suffer from deafness, tinnitus or other ear conditions as a result. Manufacturing is one of the worst affected industry sectors.

The insurance industry has seen a dramatic rise in the number of Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) claims. Allianz has seen an increase of 250% in new claims since 2010 and the first quarter of this year has also hit a new high.

Risk management advice on this issue is available via Risk Director, Allianz’s free online risk management service available to customers and brokers. It aims to help employers and their employees identify how NIHL might occur where they work. Additionally, it highlights some of the measures for employers to consider when reducing the exposure to noise at work to protect people’s hearing.

Mark Pearce, casualty risk control technical lead, Allianz Commercial commented: “Noise induced hearing loss and related conditions such as tinnitus, is a real and ever-present risk for employers and their employees. Exposure to excessive or prolonged levels of noise can lead to serious and irreversible hearing damage.”

He continued: “Exposure is a feature in a wide range of industries including general fabrication, machinery and equipment manufacture,, construction and engineering . With NIHL, prevention is certainly better than cure and it is important for employers to assess the risk factors of their workplace and take action to reduce noise exposure.”

Whilst workplaces vary, and it is often a combination of measures that works best, examples of ways to reduce the risk of NIHL include:

  • Introducing a low-noise machinery and equipment purchasing policy
  • Using a different, quieter process or quieter equipment
  • Introducing engineering controls
  • Ensuring machinery and equipment is properly and regularly maintained
  • Providing employees with personal hearing protection where identified as necessary, ensuring that it is used properly and maintained. Hearing protection should not however be used as an alternative to controlling noise by technical or organisational means.

In addition to the above it is vital that employers recognise the importance of the role played by training and health surveillance in the form of hearing checks to detect and respond to early signs of damage. 

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Notes to Editors

1. At Allianz our experts have a wealth of risk management expertise that can help customers and brokers keep up to date with legislation and industry developments. Customers that purchase a General Manufacturing product will receive a FREE risk management guide with their policy and access to a dedicated General Manufacturing portal on our Risk Director website www.riskdirector.co.uk. The website includes information on how to protect themselves and their employees from the potential risks of noise within the workplace.

2. Attached is an article covering NIHL from Commercial's  Property and Casualty Newsletter 

3. Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

Around 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz's knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks. In 2014, over 147,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 122.3bn euros.

For further information contact:

David Moore-Crouch, Communications Officer, Allianz Insurance

Tel: 01483 465 227
Mob: 07711021748
Email: david.moore-crouch@allianz.co.uk


Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

​In the wake of rising claims, Allianz Commercial has issued customers with risk management advice to help reduce their exposure to noise in the workplace.

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HEAD OF PRICING DEVELOPMENT APPOINTED BY ALLIANZ INSURANCE

Press Releases   •   Jul 01, 2015 14:51 BST

Allianz Insurance has announced the appointment of Deniz Moon to its Retail division as head of pricing development.

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ALLIANZ COMPLETES PROPERTY AND CASUALTY RESTRUCTURE WITH PROMOTION

Press Releases   •   Jun 12, 2015 10:10 BST

​Allianz Commercial is delighted to announce the promotion of Paul Higham to the position of property account manager.

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SURVEYS REVEAL ALLIANZ IS GRADUATES' TOP INSURANCE EMPLOYER

Press Releases   •   Jun 08, 2015 10:00 BST

Two independent surveys have confirmed Allianz’s position as the employer of choice in the general insurance sector.

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ALLIANZ DRIVES FLEET SAFETY WITH TELEMATICS PARTNERSHIP

Press Releases   •   Jun 05, 2015 09:00 BST

Allianz Commercial has joined forces with fleet incident management provider FMG, to provide Commercial Fleet and Motor Trade customers with the capability to improve driver safety and fleet efficiency.

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ALLIANZ ENGINEERING CONFIRMS KEY TECHNICAL APPOINTMENT

Press Releases   •   Jun 04, 2015 11:22 BST

Allianz Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Kelly, who joins the company from RSA to take on the position of senior technical manager.

In his new role, Steve will be responsible for delivering profitable growth by overseeing the development of Allianz’s engineering propositions as well as supporting the continued growth of underwriting and pricing capabilities.

Steve, who worked at RSA for 25 years, most recently held the position of construction, engineering and renewable energy director. In his time at RSA, he was involved in the creation of the renewable energy division, including taking the lead in the Centre of Excellence for bioEnergy and solar risks.

Claire White, underwriting account manager, Allianz Engineering comments: “I am delighted to welcome Steve to Allianz. Steve is a well-known figure in the engineering space and brings with him a wealth of experience developed over 25 years in the industry.

His appointment is a great step forward as we continue to build a strong team with the technical expertise to support our customers and deliver the relevant solutions to the market to reach our ambitious growth target.”

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Notes to Editors

Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

Around 85 million private and corporate customers rely on Allianz's knowledge, global reach, capital strength and solidity to help them make the most of financial opportunities and to avoid and safeguard themselves against risks. In 2014, over 147,000 employees in more than 70 countries achieved total revenues of approximately 122.3bn euros.

For further information contact:

David Moore-Crouch, Communications Officer, Allianz Insurance

Tel: 01483 465 227
Mob: 07711021748
Email: david.moore-crouch@allianz.co.uk


Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

​Allianz Engineering is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Kelly, who joins the company from RSA to take on the position of senior technical manager.

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PARENTS OF YOUNG DRIVERS BACK SAFETY REFORMS

Press Releases   •   Jun 02, 2015 14:14 BST

Insurers pushing for the government to introduce measures to reduce death and injury amongst young drivers have received backing from the parents of 16-24 year olds according to research carried out by Allianz.

This data supports the argument that change is needed, as statistics show that car crashes are the biggest cause of accidental death among young people.

The survey of 1,000 parents with children aged between16-24 revealed that 69% of parents think specific action should be taken to make young drivers safer.

Of the measures proposed by various road safety experts to help reduce the young driver accident rate, the parents in the survey favoured some ideas more than others. For example

  • 73% of parents want to see a 12 month probationary driving period
  • 68% said they want the number of passengers restricted after the test has been passed
  • 63% want the driving test raised to 18
  • Less popular was the idea of introducing a curfew for young drivers with 45% of parents agreeing that this is a good idea.

    Reflecting on the results, Allianz’s spokesman, Mark Bishop said:

    “Over 80% of the parents said they were anxious about the safety of young drivers. Add this to the clear opinions parents have about the measures to improve their safety, and we have another compelling reason why the industry must continue to push the government to take action on this issue.”

    Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

    Insurers pushing for the government to introduce measures to reduce death and injury amongst young drivers have received backing from the parents of 16-24 year olds according to research carried out by Allianz.

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    Legacy of LASPO?

    Blog posts   •   Jun 02, 2015 10:14 BST

    As the post LASPO dust starts to settle David Vine, business development manager for Allianz Legal Protection considers the legal landscape - is anyone happy?

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    ALLIANZ CONTINUES MID CORPORATE PUSH WITH LATEST PROPOSITION

    Press Releases   •   May 27, 2015 14:36 BST

    Allianz Commercial has launched its new Professional Services proposition to the UK broker market, as part of its ongoing growth strategy in the mid-corporate sector.

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    ALLIANZ COMMERCIAL ANNOUNCES MANAGEMENT CHANGES AT LONDON BRANCH

    Press Releases   •   May 22, 2015 15:56 BST

    David Cooper, Allianz’s head of London market property owners, will be retiring from the business with effect from 31 July 2015.

    Having started his career in Manchester, David held a variety of insurance roles, before deciding to specialise in the property owners market and then joining Allianz Insurance in 2006.

    Andrew Broughton, director of commercial broker markets, Allianz Insurance, commented: ‘Over the past decade, David has been instrumental in establishing Allianz as a substantial, highly profitable and credible player in this niche sector, having built a business from scratch to one with a short term £100M GWP ambition.’

    David will be succeeded by John Dunn, who is currently strategic initiatives manager within Allianz’s Commercial division. He will take on his new role effective from 1 August 2015.

    John started his insurance career 15 years ago, holding a number of underwriting and portfolio management roles and working across London, Asia and Scandinavia. He joined Allianz in 2012 as underwriting manager (commercial property), holding responsibility for the Allianz head office property team. In 2014, John took on his most recent role as the leader of the Allianz strategic initiatives team, responsible for delivering a number of new and innovative market products.

    Andrew added: ‘We are delighted to have been able to fill such a pivotal role from within the Allianz business, and we look forward to the skill, experience and knowledge that John will bring to our London property owners team.’

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    Allianz Insurance is one of the largest general insurers in the UK and part of the Allianz SE Group, the largest property and casualty insurer worldwide.

    David Cooper, Allianz’s head of London market property owners, will be retiring from the business with effect from 31 July 2015. David will be succeeded by John Dunn, who is currently strategic initiatives manager within Allianz’s Commercial division. He will take on his new role effective from 1 August 2015.

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