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September 2005 edition

Large fines loom for non-compliant manufacturers

Manufacturers could face large fines and even jail terms for failure to comply with new anti-vibration laws, a commercial insurance broker has warned.

Although many companies are aware of the UK Control of Vibration at Work regulations, which came into force in July 2005, some have still not made the necessary changes.

“Any kind of machine with rotating parts is capable of producing damage vibration,” said Martin Nugent from commercial insurance brokers, UK and Ireland Insurance Services. “The manufacturing and construction sectors are at greatest risk but a huge number of businesses expose their employees to some degree of vibration.”

The regulations cover two types of vibration: hand-transmitted vibration (HAV) and whole body vibration, transmitted through the seat or feet (WBV).

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