REACTEC SALES TEAM RAISES £1700 FOR CONSTRUCTION CHARITY, THE LIGHTHOUSE CLUB

Reactec, the market leader in monitoring and management platforms for hand and arm vibration (HAV), has raised £1700 for UK construction charity The Lighthouse Club. The sales team at Reactec began fundraising on World Day for Safety and Health at Work on 27th April and continued to raise funds until the 21 June when the industry’s main UK Health & Safety event – the SHE show – took place.
 
Reactec’s donation will go to the construction charity The Lighthouse Club which provides financial advice and assistance to the construction community and also promotes initiatives aimed at avoiding accidents and improving safety on construction sites.
 
Commenting on the donation, Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec said: “At Reactec we work hard to help employers promote a workplace culture that creates a safe and, with equal importance, a healthy environment for their workers and in particular those who use vibrating equipment. We are proud to work with The Lighthouse Club and are delighted to be presenting our donation of £1700 to the charity today.”
 
Alan Smith, Chairman from the East of Scotland Branch of the Lighthouse Club
said: “I want to thank Reactec for the very generous donation received for the Lighthouse Club. Reactec’s HAVWEAR devise is truly ground breaking, demonstrating Reactec’s real knowledge of the construction industries requirements. Through this innovative approach to monitoring Hand Arm Vibration with the HAVWEAR devise, it provides the construction industry with a solution to the industrial disease white finger for which there is no cure.”
 
Edinburgh-based Reactec is the UK market leader in the provision of monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform for Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) risks - the cause of one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK, White Finger Syndrome or HAVS.
 
HAVs, which is also known as Vibration White Finger, is one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK. The condition is usually caused by the prolonged use of power hand tools, whose vibrations can damage the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints of the hand, wrist and arm. 300,000 people in the UK suffer from the condition, for which there is no known cure, only prevention.
 
 
Further information:
Debbie Johnston, Spreng Thomson, 0141 548 5191 / debbie@sprengthomson.com
Callum Spreng, Spreng Thomson, 0141 548 5191 / callum@sprengthomson.com
 
Notes to editors:
About Reactec
  • Reactec is the UK market leader in the provision of monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform of Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) risk - the cause of one of the most common industrial diseases in the UK, White Finger Syndrome or HAVS.
  • The Reactec’s Analytics Platform which includes the HAVMETER is an automated solution for employers. The HAVMETER attaches to the tools being used and provides companies with digital reports of the exposure of their workforce to potentially harmful levels of vibration. This product has a 3% market share in the UK.
  • www.reactec.com @reactec
 
* What is HAVS?
  • Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) is the cause of one of the most common industrial disease in the UK, White Finger Syndrome or HAV Syndrome, with estimates that over 1million UK workers are currently exposed to vibration over the HSE limit (source: HSE)
  • There is no cure for HAVS, there is only prevention
  • There is inadequate research on what “safe” levels of exposure to vibration are (source: HSE Laboratories)
  • 2 million people in the UK are at risk of HAVs. But currently there is under 100,000 take up of monitoring systems, around 5% (source: HSE)
  • The cost of HAVS to UK employers is an estimated £1.32billion in new claims (source: HSE)
  • 3,000 new claims in relation to HAVS are made each year (source: HSE)
  • There are 300,000 people suffering from HAVS in the UK
  • Successful HAVS related claims have increased by 50% in last ten years (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit)

Testimonial:

BAM Nuttall - Roy Jackson, Senior Safety Advisor

“BAM Nuttall has always tried to stay on top of the issue of HAVS and ensure the safety of our workforce. In the past, we were trying to accurately estimate the amount of vibration that staff were exposed to ourselves, but this was a lengthy and time-consuming process and we knew that we needed a better system. “When we first introduced HAVmeters two years ago, we saw them as the best option to use to stay ahead of the game on vibration safety. The devices give us a valuable monitoring system that makes sure we know who is working with what machinery and for how long - and provides us with accurate, detailed records of what our teams are exposed to. “We now use HAVmeters in every project where our staff operate vibrating equipment and it is easily the best system on the market for monitoring HAV exposure. By using this equipment, we ensure that we not only keep our workforce safe from injury but also have a robust defence in place to protect ourselves from liability when it comes to vibration issues.”