Workers checked for vibration threat by wearable monitor

Grant Prior 7 months ago
Share

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

havwear
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

M20 bridge collapses after digger on lorry collision

Footbridge crashes on to vehicles causing Bank Holiday traffic caos
2 days ago

Balfour resurrects Kilpatrick name for new M&E arm

New £300m revenue M&E business formed from merger of engineering services into engineering construction operation
3 days ago

Great Ormond Street starts talks for £190m phase 4

Trust aims to appoint main contractor and design team in the Spring
3 days ago

Galliford Try kicks-off London regen zone with £175m project

First major scheme in capital's Old Oak Common zone to start in the New Year
4 days ago

Speedy offloads large plant fleet for £14m

Ardent Hire snaps up troubled firm's excavator, dumper and road roller fleet
4 days ago

McAlpine wins £16m HQ for world’s biggest telescope

Work to start in December at University of Manchester’s Jodrell Bank site
4 days ago

Three in race for £33m Strathclyde Uni sports and health complex

Balfour, BAM and Morgan Sindall in hunt for University's next Glasgow building project
4 days ago

Essential Living goes modular for 23-storey PRS tower

Fast-tracked Creekside Wharf will be one of the country's tallest modular buildings
4 days ago

CITB warns apprenticeship levy to cut funding by 30%

Industry training board warns firms will be deterred from taking on apprentices
4 days ago

Brickbats fly over looming brick shortage fears

Row kicks off after estate agents blame house price rises on lack of brick supply
4 days ago

Betting Spy: Jeremy Corbyn can make us all money

Tories look a good thing at evens to win a majority at the next election
4 days ago

Bam Mott JV green light for £36m Hull flood defences

Bam Nuttall/Mott MacDonald JV to shore up defences along a 7.5km stretch of the river
5 days ago

Government to miss new homes target by over 250,000

The Treasury is rumoured to be finalising plans for a fresh housing stimulus
4 days ago

Kier starts £48m Cambridge tech firm HQ expansion

ARM HQ expansion at Peterhouse Technology Park gets underway
5 days ago

Tube maintenance taken away from Amey in bid to save £80m

Transport for London to take work back in-house on Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines
5 days ago

Henry Boot bullish about post Brexit market

Developer and contractor sees no wobble in future work pipelines
5 days ago

Family Mosaic picks 17 firms for £500m build plan

Ardmore, Bouygues, Galliford Try and Willmott Dixon among preferred list
5 days ago

Immigration officers raid Liverpool Baltic Village site

Contractor W.I.S.E United faces fine of £20,000 for each worker if correct checks not carried out
5 days ago

Plans lodged for £150m Manchester PRS scheme

Work will start in Spring 2018, if planning is granted
5 days ago

Brookfield submits plan for 37-storey London city tower

Building work could start in summer 2018 after six-month demolition phase
5 days ago

Chinese cladding contractor facing HSE asbestos probe

Yuanda UK under spotlight over imported products
6 days ago

Carillion profit soars to £84m from support services

Blacklisting compensation to cost Carillion £10.5m
6 days ago

Just one week left to vote for best in construction

More than 10,000 votes in already for Enquirer awards: Book your places now
6 days ago

Costain profits dented by further losses on waste PFI

£11.4m hit on completing Manchester waste PFI plunges natural resources division into loss again
6 days ago

Robertson starts work on £333m Aberdeen conference centre

Green light for development by Henry Boot and Aberdeen City Council
6 days ago

Interserve wins £17m York University project

Piazza learning centre will be built on University's east campus
6 days ago

Revenue swoops on tax dodging tradesmen

Operation Dobbin catches 17 fraudsters to help level playing field for honest workers
6 days ago

Lendlease wins £200m contract to build Versace tower

50-storey luxury scheme designed in partnership with famous fashion house
7 days ago

BAM Construct nearly doubles profit to £13m

Mainstream building contracting business margin edges up to 0.6%
6 days ago

Balfour wins £42m London Nine Elms student tower

33-floor student tower kick-starts wider Vauxhall Square scheme
1 week ago

Contractor services