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Do you have a Health Surveillance System? Do your workers know about HAVS?

Saint-Gobain Construction Products UK Limited, a large foundry in Telford, has been fined after a number of its workers were diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). Newcastle-under-Lyme Magistrates’ Court heard how three employees, the earliest of which had used vibrating tools at the company since 1989, had developed and were subsequently diagnosed with HAVS […]

Council fined £100,000 for exposing workers to Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS)

Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how Dacorum Borough Council reported seven cases of HAVS between May 2015 and June 2016, due to the excessive use of power tools. The affected employees were all part of its grounds maintenance and street care team, looking after the public spaces in Hertfordshire. The HSE’s investigation found that the council had neither […]

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. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation after Calderys UK reported in early 2017 that two employees had contracted HAVS at its Leeds production plant. It found that since 2006 there […]

£60k fine for furnace relining company after HAVS and COSHH risks

Furnace relining company, Calderys UK Ltd, has today been sentenced for failing to control exposure to both vibration and silica for its workers. Leeds Crown Court heard the company reported two cases of employees suffering Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and during the subsequent Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation it was found that no measures […]