EAST WINDSOR, NJ / ACCESSWIRE / October 25, 2023 / Noise pollution is a serious problem that affects both people and wildlife. Construction sites are a major source of noise pollution, and the equipment used can often exceed safe noise levels. This puts construction workers at risk of hearing damage and other health issues. It's not just the workers who are affected - the noise from construction sites can also disrupt the lives of people living nearby and have a negative impact on animals that rely on sound for communication and survival.
Construction equipment, such as saws and drills, often exceeds recommended noise levels, with some reaching as high as 120 decibels (dBA). This surpasses the safe limit of 85 decibels (dBA) set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Prolonged exposure to this kind of noise can lead to irreversible hearing loss and other health problems like heart disease and high blood pressure. And it's not just the workers who suffer - the community around the construction site is also affected. The noise can disturb sleep, increase stress and anxiety and have a negative impact on overall well-being. In fact, when noise-related hypertension is considered, it is estimated that lowering environmental noise by just 5 dB can reduce the prevalence of hypertension by 1.4% and the prevalence of coronary heart disease by 1.8%, resulting in medical cost savings of $3.9 billion annually.
One solution that could make a big difference is the electrification of construction vehicles and tools. By switching from traditional fuel-powered machines to electric alternatives, we can significantly reduce noise levels at construction sites. These electric machines operate much more quietly, making the work environment safer for workers and less disruptive for the community. And it's not just about reducing noise - electric construction equipment also has the potential to lower emissions and improve air quality, making it a win-win for both people and the environment.
Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: GTEC) is a leading developer of innovative solutions for the material handling industry and is working hard to put forth innovative solutions to problems like noise pollution. The company's U.S.-based subsidiary, HEVI, focuses on developing and manufacturing electric industrial vehicles that improve efficiency and reduce emissions. Its goal is to provide high-quality and sustainable solutions for the material handling industry, addressing the need for cleaner and more efficient operations.
Greenland Technologies offers a range of electric construction vehicles that operate much more quietly compared to their traditional counterparts. These all-electric machines utilize advanced battery technology, resulting in reduced noise emissions. The quieter operation of these electric vehicles helps to create a more peaceful working environment on construction sites, minimizing the disruptive impact on workers and nearby communities. Apart from the reduced noise pollution, the electric nature of their vehicles also means that they don't emit greenhouse gases and can reduce costs for operators.
Studies have also shown that noise pollution caused by construction activities is a major social concern, leading to complaints, disputes and delays in projects. Ultimately, keeping construction sites safe and efficient helps all people involved and electrification plays an essential role in the advancement of this field.
Noise pollution also carries significant economic costs. Medical costs for treatment of hearing loss are estimated at $3.3 billion to $12.8 billion annually, and the cost estimates of lost productivity due to hearing loss vary widely, from $1.8 billion to $194 billion annually.
By embracing the electrification of construction vehicles, we can create quieter and healthier construction sites. This will not only protect the well-being of workers but also help to preserve the natural habitat of wildlife by minimizing the disruption caused by construction noise. Greenland Technologies is paving the way for a greener future and carving a niche for itself in an industry populated by the likes of Caterpillar Inc and Deere & Co.
Featured photo courtesy of Greenland Technologies Holding Corporation.
SOURCE: Greenland Technologies
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