Quarry work is still one of the most dangerous jobs to undertake, according to hse.gov.uk since 2000 over 3,500 people have been injured. That is why health and safety is imperative.
Hand Arm VibrationHand arm vibration is caused by the repetitive use of hand-held power tools, it can cause painful and disabling disorders either in the blood vessels, joints or nerves. Making sure you are aware of the early signs is paramount, and if you are an employer then making sure that you regularly log how much vibration exposure your employees has had.
AsthmaBecause quarry work can deal with dusts and vapours while mining and excavating rock. Because asthma can be caused simply by breathing in dusts or gases its important to know what the symptoms are to reduce the risk of occupational asthma.
- Tight chest
- Rhinitis (runny nose)
Noise On QuarriesWorking in a noisy environment can have a detrimental effect on your hearing. Once your hearing has gone it cannot come back, that is why it is important to use the right equipment and follows the correct procedures while you can.
- Conversation is difficult
- Family or guests notice the TV or radio is on
- You have a ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in your ears
Quarry LegislationBecause of how dangerous quarry work can be there has been a wealth of legislations and strategies put in place to ensure the safety and well being of everyone working in the industry.
Author Bio - Laura Holland
Social Media and Web Content Coordinator, Jan 2014 - May 2015