Workers checked for vibration threat by wearable monitor

Grant Prior 2 years ago
Share

A wearable monitor has been launched for construction workers in a bid to prevent hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)

The wearable monitor measures vibration

Morgan Sindall and Murphy are trialing the HAVWEAR system from Reactec.

The watch-style monitor is worn on a wrist strap by tool users and reports results back to the Reactec analytics platform software to indicate any exposure risk.

Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec, said: “The HAVS condition is incurable so it’s essential that businesses do everything they can to prevent this debilitating condition in their workforce.

“Our new wearable technology can now become an essential part of today’s PPE kit for businesses in the construction and manufacturing sectors.

“By working in partnership with companies such as Morgan Sindall and Murphy Group, we are helping their business not only reduce the risk to their individual members of staff, but also to reduce any risk of litigation to the business.”

Commenting on the HAVs issue, Kim Boggins, an Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, said: “As an Occupational Health practitioner I assess if employees have developed symptoms that could be associated with their use of vibrating tools.

“One of the more useful non-medical pieces of information to help practitioners determine issues associated with HAVS, is accurate information on employees’ exposure to vibration.

“However, obtaining this information can be challenging unless employers have implemented rigorous monitoring.”

The product was successfully piloted with Kier, Scotland Transerv, Morgan Sindall and Glasgow City Council last year.

Brian Hume, Health and Safety Manager for Scotland TranServ, said: “The feedback from our employees during the trial was positive and they were particularly pleased with the ease of the signing in/out process and saw it as part of their daily routine. We now hope to introduce the new system across the business.”

Jonathan Hall, Director of Plant for Morgan Sindall said: “This new wearable technology from Reactec is very exciting for our business and we have received positive feedback when we recently trialled it with our employees.

Latest news

Egis takes on M40 upkeep role from Carillion

French giant saves 95 jobs at crashed contractor
9 hours ago

Robertson bolsters north west arm with O’Rourke hires

Peter Grieve joins as north west operations director
13 hours ago

Science Museum seeks builder for vast storage building

Firm to be picked in October for 300,000 sq ft warehouse near Swindon
13 hours ago

Boost your online presence – join the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
2 weeks ago

Insurers slam fire test regime for building materials

"More realistic" lab tests demanded for cladding systems post Grenfell
17 hours ago

£80m twin hotel plan for Manchester Airport

Ibis and Holiday Inn kick-start new £180m Airport City hotel district
18 hours ago

Worker in plunge removing fall arrest bags from school site

Court hears edge protection was not up to industry safety standards
18 hours ago

Mace to start £120m Crossrail office scheme

PLP Architecture reveals latest images of Farringdon scheme
1 day ago

Green light for Liverpool Monarchs Quay scheme

Next phase of King's Dock mixed-use scheme approved
17 hours ago

Accident rates hit record lows for NASC scaffolders

Contractors representing 16,000 scaffolding operatives continue to reduce accidents
17 hours ago

First packages awarded on £28m Milton Keynes office job

Galliford Try gets going on eight-storey complex
1 day ago

Network Rail to build £46m Wigan train depot

Preparation works are getting underway for Ince-in-Makerfield depot
2 days ago

Specialist trade bodies petition No 10 for payment reform

Unprecedented coalition of trade associations urge Prime Minister to act
2 days ago

Construction boss and developer jailed for contracts bribery

Skansen Interiors MD and and DTZ project manager sentenced
2 days ago

Murphy wins Wessex Water Trym Tunnel relief sewer

North Bristol tunnel scheme to start next year
2 days ago

Graphene concrete game-changer for industry

Exeter Uni scientists produce concrete with twice the strength and four times water resistance
2 days ago

Kier lands lead role in £19.4m Glasgow theatre revamp

Work to start in September revamping the Citizens Theatre
2 days ago

Hill boasts record year as partnerships margin hits 3%

Partnership housing drives growth at Hill as pre-tax profit hits £47m
2 days ago

CMS wins £10m glazing deal on BAM’s Atlantic Square job

Major package win on £100m scheme
2 days ago

Contractors fold before £2m site death fines

Judge hands out huge fines but firms are no longer in business
3 days ago

Green light for £350m Leeds South Bank scheme

Preparation works can now start with construction planned to start next year
3 days ago

Mace go-ahead for London £150m Hanover Square scheme

Great Portland Estates JV secures pre-let to start building work on Mayfair scheme
3 days ago

Growth to rebound to 2.7% next year after flat 2018

30% fall in office activity over two years offset by surge in infrastructure
3 days ago

Crystal Palace to start £100m main stand next summer

Iconic main stand plan to go to London mayor to rubber stamp
3 days ago

Builder murdered by colleague on central London site

Murder hunt under way after construction worker bludgeoned by colleague on Hatton Garden roof
5 days ago

Barratt to pay for post Grenfell cladding upgrade on Croydon block

Government urges more house builders to pay for safety work rather than leaseholders
6 days ago

Carillion’s Midlands Pf2 hospital to cost extra £125m

Skanska confirmed for Midlands Metropolitan Hospital as trust waits for Government go-ahead
6 days ago

BAM Nuttall fined £900,000 after painter tears ligament

Court hears how worker plunged through station waiting room roof
6 days ago

Builders told to wait over a year for brick orders

Smaller builders warn of rising materials prices and lead times
6 days ago

14-storey Milton Keynes ‘sun hotel’ approved

Hotel La Tour gets nod for tallest building in Milton Keynes city centre
6 days ago

Contractor services