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Home > News > Worker receives occupational disease compensation for vibration white finger

10th December 2012

Worker receives occupational disease compensation for vibration white finger

Our specialist occupational disease lawyers were able to secure compensation for our client after he was negligently exposed to excessive vibration by two separate employers.

Although one defendant admitted liability and we were able to settle his claim, the other refused to accept liability for our client’s condition. We were forced to issue court proceedings, which prompted the second defendant’s insurers to commence negotiations. After rejecting an initial offer, we were able to secure several thousands of pounds in vibration white finger compensation for our client.

Vibration white finger symptoms

As our client had never received a warning from either employer about the risk of excessive vibration leading to vibration white finger, he initially put his symptoms down to the bad weather and the fact that he cycled to work in very cold weather.

He developed numbness and tingling in his finger tips, with pins and needles in both hands. His hands would become quite cold and his fingers turned white. He found he was having difficulty with tasks such as zipping his coat.

Diagnosis of vibration white finger

Following a routine check by his employer’s occupational health department, our client was diagnosed as having the condition vibration white finger (VWF). He has been advised that if he continues to use vibrating tools, his condition will worsen. He was also advised that in the future he would be at some disadvantage in the labour market.

Exposure to vibrating tools

Our client had worked for the two employers for several years from 2005 onwards. The main cause of his exposure to excessive use of vibrating tools was the use of a vibrating poker and an airgun, both of which he used for several hours each day. The poker is used in the production of concrete products and agitates the mixture during the initial setting process to ensure that any air bubbles are removed.

Neither employer had ever warned our client that there were risks involved in the use of vibrating tools, or that it could lead to his developing vibration white finger. No measures were put in place to minimise that risk, such as job rotation, adaptation of tools to reduce the exposure, or the provision of personal protective equipment such as anti vibration gloves.

On the contrary, he was warned by management that the poker should be used as much as possible to minimise the risk of air bubbles remaining in the concrete.

Making a claim for vibration white finger compensation

Clear Answers’ specialist occupational disease lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims.

If you or a family member has been injured through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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