Minimize exposure to construction vibration

Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) technology and other practical strategies to help reduce vibration

In the construction industry, workers are unavoidably exposed to some vibration when they drill, chisel, break or grind materials. However, you can calculate, manage and minimize power tool vibration, to help keep construction workers more comfortable and therefore more productive.

As a responsible employer, you naturally want to increase the productivity of your team. So how can you manage the vibration intensity and duration team members are exposed to?

Technical: products to reduce power tool vibration

Through many decades of research and development, Hilti has been minimizing power tool vibration using Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) systems. This technology reduces vibration by up to two-thirds compared to conventional tools, allowing them to be used for longer and more comfortably.

Choosing tools with AVR can significantly reduce vibration without compromising performance, making it easier to keep construction workers comfortable and productive.

Hilti AVR works in a number of ways to reduce power tool vibration to a minimum, including:

Cutaway to show the sub-chassis system inside the TE 1000-AVR

Sub-chassis systems

Feature in tools such as the TE 1000-AVR breaker, where the motor is isolated from the external housing through a suspension system, absorbing vibration that would otherwise pass directly to the user.

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Cutaway to show the dynamic absorbers inside the TE 50-AVR

Vibration absorbers

Counterweights oscillate to counteract vibration in combihammers such as the TE 50-AVR, reducing the vibration which reaches the operator's hands.

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Close-up of the decoupled handle on the TE 60-ATC-AVR

Decoupled handles

Separate the vibrating section of the tool from the user in combihammers such as the TE 60-ATC-AVR, which also features a built-in vibration absorber.

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Personal protective equipment: where health risks remain

Lastly, if there is no alternative than to expose construction workers to vibration, then it’s essential that they use relevant personal protective equipment (PPE).

A possible solution may be to provide safety gloves that help keep hands warm and support comfortable working. It’s also important that users are trained not to push too hard when using tools, to let the tool do the work. That way, they reduce the power tool vibration they are exposed to.