Smart gloves embedded with tiny sensors have been developed by Nottingham Trent University to help protect workers from exposure to vibration. The technology will warn wearers to stop work when a dangerous level of exposure to vibrations is about to be experienced.
Workers most at risk are those who regularly use power tools such as concrete breakers, sanders, grinders, hammer drills and chainsaws. According to the HSE, more than 10,000 claims have been made for vibration white finger and carpal tunnel syndrome over the last decade.
The smart gloves look just like a traditional pair of worker’s gloves and can be washed without any damage to the technology. The vibration sensors are only two millimetres long and are encapsulated and embedded into the yarns which are knitted into the gloves.