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Bank staff get an earful from noisy coin crusher

THE Central Bank has been forced to install sound proofing because a new machine recently installed to decommission old euro coins is proving too noisy, writes Declan Brennan.

The bank takes old and damaged coins out of circulation.

Recently it installed a machine to crush the coins – a process known as demonetising. After crushing, the coins are melted down.

Now a health and safety review of the machine has established its noise levels are breaching the levels acceptable in a working environment.

According to the Central Bank, "the decibel values of the machine when in operation is in excess of 80db. The provision of a sound enclosure is required to maintain the safety standard in operation on the mint production floor."

Irish Independent