Hand-arm vibration management: an operational health and safety strategy framework

Edwards, David John, Martek, Igor, Ejohwomu, Obuks, Aigbavboa, Clinton and Hosseini, Mohammad Reza 2020, Hand-arm vibration management: an operational health and safety strategy framework, International journal of building pathology and adaptation, pp. 1-20, doi: 10.1108/IJBPA-09-2020-0079.

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Title Hand-arm vibration management: an operational health and safety strategy framework
Author(s) Edwards, David John
Martek, IgorORCID iD for Martek, Igor orcid.org/0000-0001-6573-1291
Ejohwomu, Obuks
Aigbavboa, Clinton
Hosseini, Mohammad RezaORCID iD for Hosseini, Mohammad Reza orcid.org/0000-0001-8675-736X
Journal name International journal of building pathology and adaptation
Start page 1
End page 20
Total pages 20
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Place of publication Bingley, Eng.
Publication date 2020-11-25
ISSN 2398-4708
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Technology
Construction & Building Technology
Hand-arm vibration
Hand-arm vibration syndrome
Health and well-bring
Case study and action research
Summary Purpose Human vibration exposure from hand-operated equipment emissions can lead to irreparable and debilitating hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). While work-place health and well-being (H&WB) policies, strategies and procedures have been extensively researched and documented, little has been done to develop a specific strategic framework tailored to the management of hand-arm vibration (HAV). This study fills that gap. Design/methodology/approach A mixed philosophical approach of interpretivism and critical realism is adopted within a case study of a utilities contractor. Within this overarching epistemological design, action research approach is implemented via a three-stage investigation, namely, relevant company H&WB documents and procedures were examined, leading to the formulation of semi-structured interview questioning of the H&WB team. Their responses informed the next line of questions, delivered to middle-management responsible for overseeing H&S. Findings The findings are instructive in revealing that while substantial documentation management (augmented with protocols and checks) was in place, the system fell short of implementation within the workforce and thus failed to preserve worker H&WB. The investigation generated recommendations for shoring up H&WB deficiencies observed and developed a theoretical model to represent these. Though these recommendations were developed in response to a specific case, they form the core of a HAV operational H&WB strategy framework with applicability over a broader context. Originality/value This research provides unique insight into contemporary industry practices employed to manage HAV in the workplace and represents an invaluable opportunity to learn from prevailing practices and rectify deficiencies observed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1108/IJBPA-09-2020-0079
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HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30146417

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