New innovation to fight vibration injuries in heavy industries

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HAV risk management, Reactec,
Reactec CEO Jacqui McLaughlin.

Specialists in Hand Arm Vibration (HAV), Reactec,  have collaborated with a software consultancy firm to develop a new automated management tracking and reporting system for HAV risk management

Reactec has developed a range of HAV risk management tools, which aim to improve protection for employees in heavy industries with the support of CoreRFID. These include its HAVwear wearable technology, HAVmeter tool mounted technology, mobile apps and an analytics software platform.

The new HAVwear device is worn like a wristwatch and provides real-use monitoring of HAV exposure when using power tools. The HAVwear displays total vibration exposure, which helps workers manage their own exposure while the automatically collated data informs managers’ efforts to control the risk.

Each year the British construction industry is faced with over 3,000 litigation claims for industrial injury as a result of vibration related diseases. Employers are obliged to ensure that workers are not exposed to limits greater than regulations allow.

Reactec’s HAVwear has been deployed in the construction, automotive and marine industries, energy and utilities sectors.

Leif Anderson, Reactec’s chief technology officer said: “The technology used in the HAVwear is unique and robust. It offers a reliable and easy to use system to monitor levels of vibration exposure in some of the most demanding industry environments with informative analytics to drive risk reduction controls.”

Munzi Ali, Technical Director of CoreRFID added: “British workers exposed to high levels of vibration can develop conditions such ‘vibration white finger‘ and carpal tunnel syndrome.

“Our collaboration with Reactec has produced a tool which can make a real and positive difference to reducing the health risk for workers and in turn employers.”

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