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Forth Ports introduces wearable tech to stop loss of strength in hands for maintenance workers

Forth Ports introduces wearable tech to stop loss of strength in hands for maintenance workers

Forth Ports have introduced precautionary equipment for workers in construction, or those who often require a lot of construction work or lifting with their hands.

The wearable technology for workers helps to monitor vibrations and measures exposure workers receive when using power tools and helps supervisors to stop their employees from developing an incurable HAVS (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome) condition which leads to injury in the arms, or weakens the muscles on the area of the body used regularly with tools such as power drills or other construction items.

Forth Ports have implemented “safety first” across all of their levels, including employees, customers and visitors. This applies to all eight of their commercial ports across the country. This includes the Port of Tilbury, which saw an introduction to the HAVwear earlier in the month.

With various engineering teams operating across the eight ports, safety has to take a priority. These teams work with container cranes, straddles carriers and forklift trucks. Onsite training was also provided to be certain that the teams had full understanding of how to use the equipment and the precautions to take while working.

Speaking on the matter of safety in the workplace, Dr Derek McGlashan of Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager for Forth Ports had this to say:

“As a major employer across the UK, the health and safety of our workforce is at the core of our values with safety being our top priority. We have worked with Reactec for a number of years, reviewing and commenting on their scientific studies and have been impressed with their commitment to seeking innovative ways to reduce the risk that over exposure to vibration can cause people in the workplace. Our roll out of HAVwear is now complete and the feedback from our engineering teams has been positive.

Sadly, all too often in Safety we focus on events that have occurred, this is one of a number of pro-active actions we continue to invest in to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees to prevent them being injured at work. This system fits neatly into our Safety Management System and our existing Occupational Health Surveillance Programme. Where employees are potentially exposed to vibration, all organisations should take vibration management and monitoring seriously, as the impact of poor vibration management can have life changing consequences for tool users.”