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    Health and Safety News

    Firms fined for carpal tunnel and hard arm vibration risks

    By Jonathan Brown on May 11, 2016

    Firms fined for carpal tunnel and hard arm vibration risks

    Two Derbyshire-based construction firms have been fined for safety breaches relating to carpal tunnel syndrome and hand arm vibration syndrome.

    Employees at Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited were regularly exposed to hand arm vibration through the use of a range of vibratory tools in the assembly and servicing of crushers and screeners, Derby Crown Court heard.

    Failed to manage risk

    Investigations by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that over a period of many years, both Sandvik Mining & Construction Ltd and Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Ltd failed to adequately manage the risk to employees including failing to carry out suitable and sufficient assessments.

    Sandvik Mining and Construction Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246.

    Sandvik Construction Mobile Crushers and Screeners Limited pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £280,000 and ordered to pay costs of £8,246.

    Debilitating effects

    HSE inspector Edward Walker said that there is a well-known health risk associated with exposure to hand arm vibration and it is important that measures are put in place to manage the risk.

    Exposure to hand arm vibration can cause debilitating affects which could have been avoided, he claims.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: May 11, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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