The use of vibrating tools can pose several health risks. The worker may experience pain, feeling cold, tingling, white-finger syndrome, loss of tactile sensitivity and grip strength. Symptoms appear gradually, depending on the exposure. We are talking about the hand-arm vibration syndrome. The vibrations might affect the blood flow (Raynaud's syndrome) and the nervous system, and can also cause or enhance various musculoskeletal disorders. To counter these effects, we must be able to measure it.
A research team developed a low-cost system for measuring the forces exerted between a user’s hand and the handle of a vibrating portable power tool. The results of usability testing with real vibrating tools were positive in a context simulating field conditions.