Operating power tools and other heavy equipment can gradually cause wear and tear on the body. Illinois construction workers — as well as those who work in various other industries — know this too well. Whole-body vibrations from operating equipment can lead to a multitude of health problems, especially to the hands and limbs.
A Safety + Health Magazine article scrutinizes one of the most common health problems, known as hand-arm vibration syndrome. This condition is defined by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as “a collective term for vibration-induced neurological, vascular and musculoskeletal disorders in the hand-arm system.”