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Home > News > Vibration white finger compensation for decades of negligent exposure

6th June 2012

Vibration white finger compensation for decades of negligent exposure

Since the age of 16, our client had worked for the same multi-national manufacturer, until he was forced to accept redundancy due to the development of vibration white finger, several years prior to the age at which he had planned to retire. Since his redundancy he has been unable to take up similar work due to his injuries, and has been unable to find alternative employment.

Our specialist industrial disease lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings when his employer refused to negotiate an acceptable settlement for our client’s injury and future loss of earnings.

Before the trial however, through continued negotiation, we were able to secure a five-figure sum in vibration white finger compensation.

Employer negligently exposed worker to vibrating tools

For over 3 decades, this massive organisation, had negligently exposed our client to the risk of developing the industrial disease, vibration white finger, by failing to carry out risk assessments which would have identified the known risks. This was a breach of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations as well as the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations, which were implemented to provide protection to employees because of the known risks when using vibrating tools.

A turner, our client was a lathe operator and routinely used hand held finishers, impact wrenches and needle guns.

A risk assessment would have identified several actions which could have reduced the risk to our client, including arranging shift patterns to rotate the use of these tools for extended periods. It would also have highlighted the need to provide information to our client about how to use the tools to minimise the potential risk caused by their use.

Symptoms of HAVS or vibration white finger

Symptoms can include tingling and numbness in fingers and hands, which can disappear during warmer weather. Frequently, fingers become white, with a loss of all feeling in them.

Concern for our client’s condition was raised during a routine visit to the occupational health nurse, and it was confirmed that he was suffering from vibration white finger when he was referred to a specialist.

Making a claim for compensation for HAVS or vibration white finger

Clear Answers’ solicitors are able to offer expert legal advice through our dedicated team of personal injury lawyers specialising in industrial disease injuries. They have huge experience of industrial disease claims such as vibration white finger and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

If you or your family have been affected by an industrial disease such as vibration white finger, and would like some advice about how to make a personal injury compensation claim contact Clear Answers' solicitors on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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