Combatting HAVs - hands-free drilling
Morgan Sindall is trialling a new hands-free percussion drill called Sindrilla, which is mounted into a frame, weighted, and guided by a drill mast.
It is hoped that it will help eliminate Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS - also known as ‘white finger’ - which is the severe damage to nerves, blood vessels and joints caused by exposure to vibration. Anyone who uses hand-held power tools for a significant length of time is at risk.
Operatives will simply need to press a button to turn the drill on and it will lower itself and start drilling.
The drill also has a vacuum unit to draw up dust as the machine drills thus also helping to control exposure to dusts which can cause lung disease if not properly managed.
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