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Housing Association Causing Disease at Work

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BY Lee Craig
Health & Safety

Charter Housing Association Ltd. RIDDOR reported six cases of HAVS following a health surveillance programme launched in June 2015.

The affected employees were all part of the maintenance team. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the six workers’ conditions were likely to have been caused or worsened by the use of vibratory power tools while in Charter Housing’s employment.

Charter Housing Association Ltd (now part of Pobl Group Ltd) plead guilty to breaching Regulations 5, 6, 7 and 8 of the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and were fined £100,000 and costs of £9,896.88.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a serious and permanent condition caused by regular and frequent exposure to hand-arm vibration. HAVS results in tingling, numbness, pain and loss of strength in the hands which may affect the ability to do work safely and cause pain, distress and sleep disturbance.

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