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January 13, 2016

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HAV monitoring equipment at Network Rail

Hand Arm Vibration (HAV) monitoring equipment firm Reactec has won a major contract to provide Network Rail Infrastructure with HAV monitoring equipment and reporting software for their UK workforce.

Edinburgh-based Reactec provides monitoring devices and a management information reporting platform for HAV.

Network Rail runs, maintains and develops the UK’s rail tracks, signalling, bridges, tunnels, level crossings and many key stations. Many of Network Rail’s staff and sub-contractors use vibrating equipment including hand-held power tools, such as concrete breakers, hammer drills, chainsaws and disc cutters in the maintenance of the railways, which requires the users to be monitored accurately to prevent the HAVs condition.

According to Reactec, their HAV monitoring equipment monitors the vibration to educate and raise awareness of worker exposure when using tools, providing real time personal exposure points against risk thresholds. The system provides reliable data analysis which is clear, concise and tailor-made to the business helping to continuously reduce and design out workforce exposure to HAVs, they add.

Jacqui McLaughlin, Chief Executive of Reactec, said: “We are thrilled to be awarded this major contract with Network Rail. Our innovative equipment is designed to help prevent this incurable and debilitating condition through the use of bespoke monitoring devices and management software. This investment is not just about equipment, but it is an investment in the health and safety of Network Rail’s workforce.”

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