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Old 07-05-2012, 11:50 AM
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Can employees listen to music with headphones while operating power equipment

Can employees listen to music with headphones while operating power equipment in Virginia ?
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:02 PM
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Solo but I can't imagine not having my headphones. Legally I don't know.
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:42 PM
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Yep im the same way ..music makes me more productive
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Old 07-05-2012, 04:59 PM
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A few of my guys listen to their iPods and whatnot... I really don't have a problem with it as long as they still pay attention to detail.

Myself, on the other hand.... if I were to listen to music, my mind would wander and I'd probably end up running over the customer's cat. Not to mention the thought of the customer seeing me as I do my best Eddie Murphy 48 Hours rendition of Roxanne.

As to the legailty - no idea. Common sense says that the operator potentially wouldn't hear well enough to avoid a problem... but then ear plugs would do the same. I've always heard that it's illegal to wear headphones while driving a car...
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:36 PM
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It is illegal to wear headphones while driving but I'm pretty sure ipods, etc are A-okay.. its recommended to wear ear protection so whats the difference..
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:47 PM
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i've got those 3m worktunes or whatever they are called. I just plug my ipod into it and get going
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Old 07-06-2012, 08:57 PM
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i would be lost with my ipod. my guys listen to their ipods etc..
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Old 10-12-2012, 10:03 PM
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We use the AO's. Ear muff radio's.
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:43 AM
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Old 10-13-2012, 08:14 AM
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I suppose employees could, however I can not think of a single reason to allow anyone to be distracted while working for my company. Accidents happen and I suspect that if I was to file a claim due to one of my employees wearing a set of headphones listening to music or anything else my claim would be denied. I believe I would and could be held responsible from a personel and business standpoint as well. Never worth the risk and loss from a completely preventable situation from occurring.
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