Freienbach Switzerland, 6 June 2019 – Hand-arm-vibration (HAV) exposure is a rising concern within the construction industry. Operators being exposed to excessive and unhealthy vibration for extended periods of time is a huge concern for leading industry contractors and rental companies alike. A study conducted in Britain by the Building Safety Group (BSG) which included 42,000 independent site inspections in 2017 and 2018 found that HAV breaches have escalated significantly*.
HAV exposure can also come from using other small equipment such as compaction plates, concrete saws and other rental equipment powered by petrol engines. Many small hand-held power tool manufacturers are developing technologies to reduce the HAV exposure, including Briggs & Stratton. Its new Vanguard 200 6.5HP engine operates with 15% less vibration** than the leading competition.
Paul Bramhall, senior manager marketing for Briggs & Stratton advises: “The 200 engine is a ground-up design boasting many performance advantages, one of which being 15% less vibration. This not only offers improved operator comfort and well-being, but can also result in greater operator and equipment productivity.”
**Bare engine vibration level has been reduced by 15% compared to the leading competitor. Vibration level reductions will vary subject to the application in which it is installed.