Industrial disease compensation for welder who developed vwf (HAVS) due to his employer's negligence
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Home > News > Industrial disease compensation for welder who developed vibration white finger

19th December 2011

Industrial disease compensation for welder who developed vibration white finger

For over 30 years, our client had worked for the same organisation, variously working on oil storage tanks, welding of main steam pipe work, and other work which involved the use of grinders, die grinders, needle guns and pneumatic chisels.

Our specialist occupational disease lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendant's insurers refused to negotiate a settlement. However, once these had been issued, we were able to negotiate several thousands of pounds in vibration white finger compensation.

Negligent exposure to vibrating tools

For many years, employers have been fully aware of the dangers of over-use of vibrating tools such as those used by this client. Measures have been identified which can help to reduce the risk of developing VWF, or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. These include:

Our client's employer had failed to advise him on any of these factors, and failed to introduce any measures that would have reduced his risk.

Breach of regulations

By failing to protect their employee, the defendant had breached several sections of the Work Equipment Regulations. Not only had his employer failed to protect him, but by delaying any warning of the nature and symptoms of HAVS, his symptoms became much more severe than they might otherwise have been.

Making a claim for compensation for vibration white finger

Clear Answers' solicitors has a dedicated team of personal injury lawyers specialising in industrial disease injuries who are able to offer expert legal advice on making a claim for compensation for vibration white finger.

They have huge experience of industrial disease claims 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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