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Vibration

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Vibration at work can cause two distinct injuries: injury to hands and fingers and whole body vibration, as it is often referred which is injury from vehicles that can cause severe back pain.

If you believe that some equipment at your workplace has caused you to suffer a vibration injury then you may be able to make a claim for compensation. The Health and Safety Executive estimate that nearly 2 million people are at risk of hand arm vibration syndrome.

Hand arm vibration comes from the use of hand held power tools and is the cause of significant ill health by way of painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints of the hands and arms. Hand arm vibration syndrome is preventable but once the damage has been done it is permanent. Damage can include the inability to do fine work, fasten small buttons; can cause you to be at a disadvantage on the general labour market and attacks of whitening of the finger can occur.  This is why the injury is very often called vibration white finger.

Vibration White Finger Syndrome (VWF syndrome) is a medical condition that occurs when the vibration has done permanent damage to the blood capillaries in your fingers. When their fingers become cold, many people notice the tips of a finger, an entire finger, or more become ‘white looking’. Also, the normal finger colour does not return until their fingers have become warm again. Not all people suffer VWF syndrome. Vibration affects different people in different ways

Employers have to consider the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 in order to protect their employees from hand arm vibration.  The employer must assess and identify measures to eliminate vibration completely and if they are unable to do so then to reduce the risk from exposure from vibration.

Regular and frequent exposure to hand arm vibration is hazardous.

If a part of your daily work means your hands suffer vibration then over time the vibration can cause permanent damage to the nerves and blood vessels in your fingers, hands and wrists.If you have to hold work items which vibrate while being processed by powered machinery, such as pedestal grinders, then you may be at risk.

You may also be at risk if you use concrete breakers, concrete pokers, sanders, grinders, disc cutters, hammer drills, chipping hammers, chain saws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers, powered motors, scablers or needle guns and if so, then an employer must assess the risk of damage by vibration and put in place measures to avoid it.

If you have difficulty fastening buttons, have a weaker grip, or your fingers going may be going white when it is cold so if you are suffering from numbness or tingling in the fingers, together with episodes of the fingers going white and painful particularly during cold weather, and you have used vibrating equipment during the course of your working life, you should contact us so that we can offer advice on whether you can claim compensation.

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