BAM Nuttall to ban vibrating tools by end of 2018

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
Share

BAM Nuttall aims to phase out use of rock drills, hand breakers and scabblers by the end of the year to eradicate hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) risks in the workforce.

PAM pneumatic tool manipulator which eliminates hand-arm vibration hazards
PAM pneumatic tool manipulator which eliminates hand-arm vibration hazards

The drive to eliminate the most harmful vibrating tools, and promote innovative alternatives, echoes the recent industry stance to cut out forward tipping dumpers after several high-profile incidents.

Divisional Director at BAM Nuttall, John Heffernan, said: “Many of these tools are really from a bygone age and have been part and parcel of every day civil engineering life and as an industry we’ve been slow to develop alternatives.

 “Thirty years ago, white finger was not only considered an old man’s illness but also something of a badge of honour, especially in the tunnelling industry. Nowadays that is simply not acceptable.”

Heffernan said Nuttall had introduced a permit system for the use of high risk hand-held tools  to highlight the need for its projects to exhaust all possible alternatives before sanctioning their use.

“We have already seen a positive response from our people, with this initiative generating smarter ways of working which are not only less harmful but also more efficient,” said Heffernan.

“Contractors and manufacturers alike need to find an innovative solution to the challenge. Sometimes it may seem impossible to find a quick solution but I think that we haven’t necessarily looked hard enough.

“One of the main purposes of the permit system is to incentivise this search for a better, healthier way of doing things.”

BAM Nuttall has already successfully trialled machines that significantly reduce hand-arm vibration syndrome on a number of projects.

At its Heathrow Airport tunnels project it used a positioner-actuator-manipulator (PAM), a patented support arm for supporting a range of air breakers and scabblers from supplier STM.

Powered by air over hydraulics, it offers fast and safe production and is designed to push the tool against the surface which reduces dead blow and hand arm vibration.

Elsewhere, at Chiswick Bridge, BAM Nuttall used a PAM OVE carrier that makes overhead and vertical concrete chipping and drilling easier, by reducing vibrations and operator effort.

“There has been very positive feedback around some of the new machinery we have been using recently,” he said.

“It’s a challenging task but we are determined to succeed and hope that the rest of the industry follows our lead.”

Latest news

M&E contractor Kershaw went down owing subbies £10m

More than 400 firms left holding unpaid invoices
6 hours ago

Green light for UK’s first plastic recycling park

£165m park in Cheshire will recycle 367,500 tonnes of plastic
6 hours ago

Go-ahead for two Tilbury Douglas hospital jobs

Wirrall and Stockport hospital A&E jobs together worth nearly £60m
5 hours ago

Eight contractors trailblaze concrete carbon reduction plan

Firms pledge to switch to 30% low emission concrete by 2025
19 hours ago

Red Construction lands London Victoria office overhaul

St James's Park building will be extended up by two floors in overhaul
5 hours ago

Six locations shortlisted for Great British Railways HQ

Site for national HQ narrows to Birmingham, Crewe, Derby, Doncaster, Newcastle and York
23 hours ago

Kit maker Genie fined after M25 work platform death fall

Court hears how calibration error led to death of worker when 40 metre high mobile elevating work platform collapsed
1 day ago

O’Connor Utilities sold to private equity

OCU Group reported to have fetched around £400m
2 days ago

Rolls-Royce shortlists sites for first SMR factory

Three factories will make reactor, civils and MEP modules for SMR nuclear power stations
1 day ago

£233m loan kick starts £3.5bn regen of Royal Docks site

Infrastructure loan paves way for 6,000-home East London Silvertown scheme
1 day ago

Henry Construction wins £33m Oxford housing estate rebuild

Contractor signs off first deal with A2Dominion
1 day ago

Carillion collapse hospital hit by more construction delays

Balfour will take another 18 months to complete Midland Met scheme
2 days ago

Leeds college launches new construction and football course

Students can now combine site and tech skills with learning at a football academy
1 day ago

Willmott Dixon blasts new Building Safety law

Rick Willmott accuses Government of scapegoating construction over its own regulatory failure
2 days ago

£550m plan to redevelop The Galleries centre in Bristol

Shopping centre building to be demolished for major mixed-use scheme
2 days ago

Costain cancels supply chain event on £260m road job

Preparation work for A1 upgrade stalls as Transport Secretary dithers over approval
2 days ago

£170m London Holborn Circus office approved

Demolition work set to start in the autumn for 10-storey office block
2 days ago

City leaders launch net zero construction skills drive

City of London leader warns "skills gap and labour shortage are threats to our net zero ambitions"
2 days ago

Marlborough Highways lands £32m Islington civils deal

Contractor to help with north London borough's green drive
2 days ago

Osborne makes £45m construction loss

Sale of infrastructure business balances books as contractor looks for zero-carbon wins
5 days ago

John F Hunt forecasts record revenue and profits this year

Demolition contractor back on strong financial footing after previously setting aside £5.6m for bid rigging probe
5 days ago

Notting Hill Genesis names £2.8bn framework winners

26 firms land places on main contractor deal: Full list
5 days ago

Green light for dual hotel scheme at Nine Elms

Two new hotel towers will share common basement
5 days ago

Trials start on cement-free pre-cast piles

Aarsleff is hopeful a product will come to the market shortly
5 days ago

Ex-Telford Homes boss to run green house builder

Jon Di-Stefano takes helm at M&G backed Greencore Construction
5 days ago

Subcontractors told to stop work on Brymor sites

£80m revenue southern contractor files letter of intent to enter administration
6 days ago

House builder Chartway sold to private equity firm

Cabot Square Capital signs another major construction deal
6 days ago

Murphy Group appoints new chairman

Capita chairman and investment banker John Cresswell to start in November
6 days ago

Tolent seals £40m Newcastle ‘future-living’ housing job

135-home Vaux scheme will be first of four neighbourhoods totalling 1,000 homes
6 days ago

Cruden takes first job at £1.3bn Edinburgh Waterfront scheme

Preferred bidder named for first 750 net zero homes at new Granton Waterfront coastal town
6 days ago

Contractor services