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Reactec secures distribution deal in Australia
Vibration from power tools can cause injury
Reactec has agreed a distribution deal in Australia for its tool vibration monitoring device.
The Edinburgh-based firm will work with JEA Tech to distribute HAVwear to its clients in agriculture, rail, mining, construction, infrastructure, defence and manufacturing.
The agreement is the culmination of a two-year search by JEA for a technical solution to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), a known but unmonitored health issue within Australia.
HAVS, known locally as ‘jack hammer hands’ or “white finger”, is often misdiagnosed as carpel tunnel syndrome.
Safework Australia data shows that since 2009 Aus$134million has been paid in compensation because of HAVS.
Craig Kinder, of JEA Tech Australia, said: “It’s great for us at JEA Technologies to distribute and support Reactec HAVwear technology nationally in Australia.
“There is growing interest in the availability of HAVwear from the forestry, construction, rail and mining sectors. Now companies in Australia can use the HAVwear wearable device, access real time analytics and on site mobile app which gives management the ability to minimise and manage the exposure from the power tools used on the job.”
Jacqui McLauglin, chief executive of Reactec, said: “We are excited about our partnership with JEA Tech who are a respected innovative technology supplier in Australia.
“There is no cure for HAVS but it is entirely preventable. HAVS not only affects people physically but it can also be mentally debilitating causing anxiety, stress and fatigue that, if not dealt with, can remain with sufferers for a lifetime.”
Launched in 2016, HAVwear is a wearable wrist device that monitors in real time an individual’s exposure to vibration when using power tools.
It is in use by a number of companies in the UK, including British Airways, Murphy Group, Morgan Sindall Balfour Beatty, the Environment Agency, Siemens and Babcock. HAVwear was recently independently tested (March 2018) in a study by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM). The study is significant for Reactec as it validated the data from the HAVwear system.
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