What is a Vibration Injury and How Ergonomic Tools Help

For many years, those that work in the aerospace industry have dealt with vibration injuries. This is due to working with the tools of the trade over extended periods of time leading to what is known as Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome or HAVS. So what is a vibration injury? This article explains what happens when you are dealing with the long term effects of vibration, and why ergonomic tools from Honda eliminate that problem, keeping aerospace engineers safe and injury free. 

Vibration Injury and How it Affects Your Body

Example of the effects of vibration, which can be helped with ergonomic tools from Honsa.

Although in the short term, vibration does not seem like something that may injure you, over periods of time using tools that vibrate you will begin to feel the long term effects. Vibration can lead to alterations of your tendons, bones and joints, muscles, and may even effect the nervous system. Other symptoms include: 

  • Inability to grip with your hands
  • Blanching of the affected fingers in the cold 
  • Cysts appearing on bones of the hands and fingers 
  • Lost sensation in the fingers
  • Tingling sensation in the fingers

Depending on how long and how often your body is exposed to vibration, you may experience different levels and variations of the above mentioned symptoms. 

How Honsa Ergonomic Tools Help

One of the most common tools used in the aerospace industry is a riveter. The vibration associated with the movement of a piston in riveter barrel is typically transmitted through the metal barrel into a metal handle and directly into an operator's hand.

Honsa has developed a system that damps or reduces harmful vibration in the barrel from reaching an operator's hand.  Honsa utilizes a proprietary vibration reducing urethane that acts much like an engine mount in a car by isolating the vibration from reaching the operator's hand. It is our commitment to create tools that make the use of a riveter safe for regular use. 

If you are interested in safe, effective tools that guard you from the effects of HAVS, then we would love to hear from you! To see all of our available tools, and their descriptions, visit our products page! In addition feel free to contact us with your questions, we are here for you!