Dealing with Vibration White Finger

Vibration white finger (VWF), otherwise known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is a very common industrial disease in the UK, and Vibration White Finger claims continue to rise.

The condition is triggered by the continuous use of vibrating machinery. If used over extended periods of time, vibrating tools can cause severe damage which may result in sufferers requiring long-term treatment and care.

What Causes Vibration White Finger?

Vibration white finger is primarily caused by the prolonged use of vibrating power tools and machinery, including:

  • Chainsaws
  • Grinders
  • Hammers
  • Impact wrenches
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Sanders
  • Strimmers

The types of industries where workers are thought to be at the most risk of developing vibration white finger include those in construction, motor vehicle manufacturing, heavy engineering, forestry, and shipbuilding.

What are the Symptoms of Vibration White Finger?

Symptoms of vibration white finger vary from case to case depending on the extent of the damage caused but typical symptoms include:

  • A significant loss of strength and dexterity
  • A noticeable whiteness and redness of the fingers
  • A tingling or numbness of the fingers
  • Throbbing and swelling of the fingers

Sufferers of vibration white finger will typically struggle to pick up small objects and in more extreme cases will be unable to continue work in their current field. It has also been found that symptoms are exacerbated in cold weather due to blood flow being restricted.

Your Employer’s Responsibility

Working in the construction industry is bound to be hazardous to some extent, but that doesn’t mean you should suffer unnecessarily. Strict controls should be implemented by your employer to ensure safe working practices, with health and safety policies and proper equipment training being vital.

If your employer was negligent in some way (perhaps they didn’t ensure you took suitable breaks or didn’t provide the right protective equipment) you may have a case to claim for vibration white finger compensation.

Do you have a Vibration White Finger Claim?

If you’ve been using vibrating machinery for a prolonged period of time and not been told about the possible side effects and how to combat them, you could have a good case for a vibration white finger compensation claim. Speak to one of our expert industrial injury solicitors today and get the compensation you deserve.

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