There are many hazards to think about when working in a quarry, there are the slips and trips, working from height and working with heavy machinery.
We will take a look at other risks which you will find mainly on the quarry site.
Hand Arm Vibration
Hand 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.
The symptoms are:
• Tingling and numbness in the fingers
• Losing the ability to feel things
• Fingers blanch (go white) and then become red and painful when recovering.
You can find more in depth details about it from the dedicated section on the hse.gov.uk site.
Because 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)
Read about occupational asthma
in more depth on the hse.gov.uk site.
Noise On Quarries
Working 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.
If you are worried that your hearing may be affected look out for the following symptoms:
- Conversation is difficult
- Family or guests notice the TV or radio is on
- You have a ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in your ears
This is not meant to be an exhaustive guide, and all information can be found in great detail on the hse.gov.uk website.