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“We have being using the HAVmeter for over eighteen months now and already we have seen big changes. Not only are we ensuring the safety of our valued workers, but we have seen up to 25 % reduction in vibration point’s value”.

 

Date: 2011

Site: Waddington Fell Quarry

Action:

A dimensional stone and sand quarry, the site sees production and maintenance staff using multiple power tools on a day to day basis for heavy jobs such as primary and secondary crushing and sawing processes.

Gordon Dick, Site Manager of Waddington Fell Quarry had become increasingly aware of the issues of Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome on site over the last few years and aware of the risks to both their maintenance and production staff.

After starting a paper based system to monitor vibration levels a few years ago, it was clear that this system wasn’t going to work, with time being wasted and results not always being accurate.

Aggregate Industries have now been using Reactec's HAVmeter system for nearly 2 years.

Result:

Quarry Manager Gordon Dick explains how the HAVmeter has been incorporated into everyday operations at Waddington Fell Quarry.

“We have being using the HAVmeter for over eighteen months now and already we have seen big changes. Not only are we ensuring the safety of our valued workers, but we have seen up to 25 % reduction in vibration point’s value.

“The introduction of HAVmeter’s into our work force has meant we have taken a massive step forward in terms of the time savings we have made.

“There has been nothing but positive feedback from our employees, the HAVmeter’s are extremely easy to use and many of them feel the device has made their working life easier.”

Gordon says his team have been using HAVmeter for over 18 months now, with up to 25 % reduction in vibration exposure due to the greater accuracy achieved by the tools, meaning improved safety and time savings. He estimates that the time spent processing the data generated by HAVS is about 15 minutes on a daily basis and then 15 minutes once a month.

Testimonial:

Everton Football Club - Richard Cairns, Health & Safety Manager

“Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is not just a problem for people using industrial power tools in the construction or manufacturing sectors – it can affect anyone who regularly uses other vibrating equipment including mowers and strimmers. We have dozens of lawnmowers that are in daily use at Goodison Park and our training complex at Finch Farm, so we have to have a monitoring system that is simple and effective. “In the past we relied on timesheets and individual record-keeping to monitor vibration exposure, but the HAVmeter system is a far superior method of doing this. All of the information is collated by the devices and provides us with a comprehensive overview of how much exposure each member of staff is subjected to. If they reach the safe limit stipulated by the HSE, then they are alerted to the danger at once – meaning there is no chance of over-exposure. “However, it is not just a good tool for preventing injuries. The system allows us to generate reports about the vibration levels of our equipment, so we can identify which machines need to be replaced or upgraded. It’s a very versatile piece of kit that will continue to be hugely beneficial to our groundskeeping operations in the future.”