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Viabration White Finger/Handarm Vibration Syndrome

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What is vibration white finger?

Vibration white finger is an industrial injury which arises from continuous use of vibratory tools. Medical experts commonly diagnose the injury as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as the vibration exposure commonly extends to injuries not limited to the fingers. HAVS can affect many areas of the hands and arms including nerves, joints, muscles and white fingers.

Examples of the types of tools that could cause vibration white finger include but are not limited to pneumatic drills, chainsaws, grinders, wrenches, pneumatic drills, sanders, strimmers and hammers.

Continuous exposure to vibrations can restrict blood flow causing fingers and hands to suffer discolouration causing white finger syndrome.

Symptoms

There are a number of symptoms which can result from vibration exposure. The most common symptoms include:-

  • Reduced ability of the use of the hands and arms- a weakened strength of grip and ability to handle small objects can be affected by the tingling and numbness and can lead to accidents.
  • Whitening or reddening of the fingers
  • Tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers
  • Throbbing and swelling of the fingers.
  • It is also common for sufferers to experience worsened symptoms in cold weather due to restricted blood flow.

Prevention

Vibration white finger can be prevented by employers by providing sufficient protection for the hands such as protective anti-vibration gloves and reducing the length of using vibrating tools and/or ensuring that employees take regular breaks. In addition, employers can prevent its employees suffering vibration white finger by keeping the working environment at a reasonable temperature, providing the correct tools for the job required and also providing training to employees on hold and use the tools correctly.

We recommend that you act urgently if you think you may have vibration white finger as the Limitation Act 1980 states that a claim for compensation may become statute barred if the Claimant’s date of knowledge of the injury and the cause of the injury exceeds three years.

If you have been exposed to vibrating tools at work and suffer from any of the above symptoms please contact our expert team on 01254 505090 as you may be entitled to compensation.

 

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