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Claim Compensation for Vibration White Finger

Vibration White Finger is an industrial disorder which is caused by the continuous or excessive use of vibrating work tools such as pneumatic drills or grinders. Also known as Hand-Arm Syndrome (HAVS) it is usually most commonly found in building site environments, highway maintenance, engineering work and in mining work.

Symptoms and causes of Vibration White Finger

The machines which most commonly trigger this disorder are:

  • Angle Grinders
  • Pneumatic Drills
  • Sanders
  • Chain Saws
  • Polishers

When this type of machinery is used for long periods, the muscles, nerves and joints of the body can be affected and, in nearly all cases, as its name would suggest, a finger or a number of fingers turn white. This is because blood flow is being restricted. In some cases the finger area may redden and it is often accompanied by pain or numbness. Although these symptoms are transient and temporary they are likely to last for longer periods as the damage to the hand gets worse. The sufferer will find daily functioning of their affected hands more and more restricted without intervention treatment.

Your employer’s responsibility

It is your employer’s responsibility to ensure your work environment is safe. This includes maintaining and monitoring all equipment so it is safe to use. Risk assessments may suggest that workers should be issued with appropriate personal protective equipment. Vibration White Finger is often caused by a worker spending too much time on the same repetitive task so it is important your employer has taken the following into consideration:

  • Allowing for breaks so a worker is not left on one task with vibration equipment for too long
  • Considering job rotation so an employer is not left continuously working with vibration equipment
  • Allowing the employee to vary the tasks within his daily routine

If you feel you have contracted Vibration White Finger through no fault of your own you can make a claim for personal injury compensation.

Making a claim

If you feel you have contracted an industrial illness or disorder you can make a claim for personal injury compensation. The reward you receive may offer financial help in supporting you through the period of your illness. It may also help prevent further accidents happening as changes to health and safety measures are tightened. Employers expect there to be compensation claims and factor this into their budgets by taking out liability insurance. At Workplace Accident Helpline our expert solicitors can guide you through the process.

How we can help you claim compensation

At Workplace Accident Helpline our professional consultants specialise in helping people claim for accidents, illnesses or diseases which originate in the workplace. We guide you through the whole process on a no win-no fee basis. We will match the needs of your case and personal preferences with our panel of solicitors who are pre-screened experts in this type of claim. To make an enquiry simply fill in our compensation claim form or call us on 0800 327 7919

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