What is Hand-Arm Vibration?

26 February 2018

Compaction equipment can be quite complicated. Especially if you are new to the world of DIY. You probably have a lot of questions, including ‘what is hand-arm vibration?’. The Talisman Hire team is happy to provide you with the answers below.

  • Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) 

Unfortunately, when you make use of compaction equipment on a regular basis, you may begin to develop an affliction known as hand-arm vibration syndrome. When this happens, you could develop symptoms of three different types of vibration injuries, namely:

  1. Neurological injuries:

Possible symptoms include a feeling of numbness in the hands and fingers as well as a reduction in overall hand function.

  1. Vascular injuries:

Signs of vascular injuries include whitening of the fingers and poor circulation in the hands.

  1. Musculoskeletal injuries:

Sufferers of musculoskeletal injuries will experience moderate to severe arthritis and tendonitis.

  • How is it Prevented? 

Low vibration light compaction equipment helps prevent HAVS in workers. Therefore, if you want to avoid long-term damage, it is essential that you choose the right compaction equipment for hire. If you are not certain as to whether the low vibration technology has been implemented in the machine that you are interested in renting, ask! You may also wish to do some research online so that you have the knowledge needed to detect the good quality from the bad. If you are planning on using the equipment for an extended period, it is definitely better to be safe than sorry.

For low vibration concrete compaction equipment, you can always count on Talisman Hire. Contact us today to learn more.