It is expected that construction vibration risk seriously affects occupational safety and the quality of equipment and products. Therefore, there is a need to thoroughly understand this type of risk. In writing below, BMB Steel is going to discuss construction vibration, its consequences, and solutions to deal with it.
Research has shown that construction vibration is common and can cause severe damage. According to statistics, 21% of workers exposed to construction vibration suffer from several symptoms, ranging from slightly severe to extremely severe.
Workers can suffer from several diseases such as back pain, headache, or fracture if they are exposed to construction vibration in terms of arms and legs. In the case that the vibration is extreme, their body functions, such as providing oxygen or nutrients, can be constrained. There can be risks of cell necrosis or death of cells when less and less oxygen and other nutrients are provided to the body.
Who are the ones affected by construction vibration?
Whoever works in the construction industry can be exposed to construction vibration and have their health deteriorated by it. Particularly, workers who work regularly with manual electrical devices such as electric machines and hydraulic breakers are prone to injury. Jobs involving using tools such as hammers, nail guns, or rotary tools for a long time can lead to some diseases such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, tendinitis, and so on.
It is irrefutable that the risk of construction vibration is extremely serious and should be put into consideration by all enterprises and construction owners.
The risk of local construction vibration can be caused when workers’ arms or shoulders are affected by local vibration, and then the vibration is transmitted to the fingers and wrists. In this situation, workers will suffer from below symptoms:
This symptom causes pain in the hand, arm, shoulders, and neck. If they continue working, workers may suffer from extreme pain and cannot hold tight equipment on their hands.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This syndrome may affect the median nerve in the wrists, which can make the hands weak and cause pain. If workers are exposed to vibration for a long time, they can suffer from this syndrome.
Exposing the whole body to the construction vibration can negatively affect many body parts. Workers can suffer from below syndromes:
Most workers do not take these symptoms very seriously. Therefore, in the long term, it can cause health to deteriorate significantly.
In order to come up with measures to reduce the risk of construction vibration, companies need to evaluate the risks each work can cause on the construction sites.
Evaluating the risk is significantly important because it helps companies to avoid risks of construction vibration in building constructions. Save this information for your company to ensure occupational safety as well as the quality of the constructions.