Hand and arm
Working with powered tools and equipment can result in you suffering vibration injury to your fingers, hands and wrists. If you believe that your work has caused you to suffer a vibration injury then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
The general name given for these medical conditions is “hand arm vibration syndrome” or “HAVs”. Sometimes it is called “vibration white finger syndrome” or VWF syndrome.
If a regular part of your daily work results in your hands suffering vibration, such as working with pedestal grinding machines, or using hand-held power tools, over time the vibration can cause permanent damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your fingers, hands and wrists. You may notice tingling, pins and needles, or numbness in your fingers or hands. You may experience difficulty fastening buttons, handling small objects such as coins or screws, reduced grip strength, or your fingers going white when it is cold.
Vibration white finger syndrome (VWF syndrome)
The medical condition known as vibration white finger syndrome (VWF syndrome) occurs when the vibration has caused permanent injury to the blood capillaries in your fingers. People notice that when their fingers become cold the tips or the whole lengths of one or more fingers becomes white looking, and the normal colour to their fingers does not return until their fingers have become warm again.
Vibration affects different people in different ways. Not all people suffer VWF syndrome, and some people suffer nerve damage to their fingers, resulting in numbness or altered sensation in their fingers, but without their fingers going white.
The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 place legal obligations on employers to protect employees from suffering injury caused by vibration. Employers are now under a legal duty to assess the amount of vibration that their workers are exposed to, with the aim of avoiding them being at risk of suffering injury caused by vibration. The risk assessment should look at the different types of powered equipment, the level of vibration caused by the different equipment, and the amount of time the equipment is in use.
The government’s Health and Safety Executive’s website contains information on how to collect vibration data, and calculate exposure to vibration, in order to control the health risks from vibration. The Health and Safety Executive’s website is at www.hse.gov.uk
Claiming for a vibration hand or arm work injury
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