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£90k fine for train refurb co that ignored worker’s HAVS symptoms

A train refurbishment company that exposed its workers to “uncontrolled and unrestrained” vibration from handheld power tools at its site in Tamworth, Staffordshire, has been fined.

Social housing provider exposed workers to vibration

A housing association has been sentenced over its failure to manage employees’ exposure to vibration after one worker contracted hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

Furnace re-liner ignored vibration and silicosis risks

A manufacturer of monolithic refractory products that put workers at risk of developing hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) and silicosis has been fined. 

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Noise and vibration special: A fit response

Fit-testing ear protection has yet to take off but it offers health and productivity benefits.

Noise and vibration special: Double trouble

Some medicines and chemical substances are associated with permanent hearing loss, especially when combined with noise exposure. 

Heather Bryant, Balfour Beatty

The resurgent infrastructure and construction services group’s OSH head is driving down accident rates with carefully phased programmes. 

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