Vibration white finger is an industrial workplace injury usually caused by the handling of vibration power tools. These tools include, but are not limited to: pneumatic drills, hammers, chainsaws, grinders, and strimmers.
What are the symptoms of vibration white finger?
The symptoms of vibration white finger vary from person to person, but the most common are:
- A tingling sensation or numbness in the fingertips
- A cold sensation in the fingers or a discolouration of the skin
- General aches and pains in the hands, arms and fingers
Sufferers may also have a permanent loss of sensation in their fingers, leading to difficulty in picking up and manipulating small objects.
Are the effects of vibration white finger permanent?
The effects of vibration white finger, while not life-threatening, can significantly affect your quality of life. Unfortunately there is no known cure for vibration white finger. However, there are steps you can take to prevent it, and to alleviate the discomfort if you have already developed it through suffering an injury at work.
To avoid suffering an injury in the workplace, use vibration absorbing gloves and take frequent breaks. As soon as you are aware of feeling the symptoms of vibration white finger, stop handling any vibrating machinery. Additionally, quitting smoking and regularly massaging and exercising your fingers will increase blood circulation and should alleviate the symptoms. Avoid the cold as this can trigger a flare up.
Am I entitled to compensation?
According to the government’s Health and Safety department, vibration white finger is the most commonly prescribed disease under the Industrial Injuries Disability Benefit. Your employer has a responsibility to protect you from suffering a personal injury at work such as vibration white finger.
If you are suffering from vibration white finger, or any other personal injury, from an accident in the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm that specialises in the personal injury compensation. We have years of experience, and our specially trained advisors are available to speak to, at no cost, by telephone. We also have a wealth of information on our website including a 30-second test compensation calculator. If you have suffered an accident at work, or in any other public place, give us a call on 0800 689 0500 to see if you can make a claim today.