E-fact 19 - Prevention of vibration risks in the construction sector
19/11/2007 Type: E-facts 9 pages

E-fact 19 - Prevention of vibration risks in the construction sector

Keywords:Construction, Musculoskeletal disorders

Vibration is a serious health risk for workers in the contruction sector. The two main types are hand-arm and whole-body vibration. The former can cause neurological and motor disorders in the hands and fingers, as well as circulatory disorders in the fingers and disorders of the musculoskeletal system; the latter can lead to lower back pain, and disorders of the sensory functions or fine-motor co-ordination. Using the right equipment and making changes to the workplace, however, can reduce vibration considerably and safeguard the health of workers. This E-Fact also includes details of the legislation covering vibration in the workplace.

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