Occupational Exposure to hand-transmitted vibration can give rise to injury to the hands and upper limbs. The condition is known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or, more commonly, Vibration White Finger (VWF).
The condition is most commonly caused as a consequence from one of the following:
Use of hand-held power tools (such a powered percussive hammers, sanders, drills, grinders, concrete breakers polishers and chain saws).
Use of hand-guided equipment (such as large lawnmowers).
The holding/pressing materials against machinery (such as pedestal grinders)
HAVS affects over one million workers in the UK and became a DSS Prescribed Disease in 1985. The injury is a consequence of the small blood vessels/nerves of the hands and the musculo-skeletal systems of the upper limbs being affected by exposure to excessive and prolonged vibration.
From January 1976 onwards, employers are expected to have appreciated that there was a risk of injury to their employees through exposure to excessive levels of vibration. There may be an entitlement to pursue a claim against the employer in respect of post 1976 exposure in certain circumstances.
If you think you may be suffering from the type of injury described above and believe that it may be related to exposure to excessive vibration after 1976 during the course of your employment, then please get in touch with one of our experienced Team for advice and assistance.
Call on 01942 402457 for a completely free and no-obligation consultation. Alternatively, complete and email our attached industrial injury enquiry form.
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