Vibration White Finger, also known as Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome, is a painfully and potentially disabling condition of the fingers, hands and wrists. Vibration White Finger, as the name suggests, occurs when the hands, wrists or fingers are exposed to sources of excessive vibration and is considered to be one of the leading causes of accidents at work in the construction industry.
What are the symptoms of Vibration White Finger?
Vibration White Finger manifests itself initially as a tingling sensation in the fingers followed by a numb sensation. The fingers then become swollen and white when cold and then red and painful when warmed up again. Picking up small objects such as pins or nails may become extremely difficult as the feeling in the fingers diminishes and causes a lack of strength in the hands. The pain has been known to cause sleep loss.
Can angle grinders cause Vibration White Finger?
Angle grinders vibrate when in use and after a length of time can cause Vibration White Finger. However, many safety groups and manufacturers have designed products that are intended to prevent the exposure to vibration that can cause the syndrome. This includes vibration-dampening technology incorporated into the handle or the rear of the angle grinder in order to reduce the amount of vibration produced.
How to prevent Vibration White Finger when using an angle grinder
You can help to prevent Vibration White Finger in a number of ways. Use a grinder that has vibration-dampening technology, take plenty of breaks or alternate your grip. It is important to direct the exhaust of the angle grinder away from the hands as the cold air produced can aggravate the symptoms of vibration white finger. These steps can help prevent a work-related injury.
Making a claim for compensation for Vibration White Finger
If you’ve developed Vibration White Finger as a direct result of work and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation if this happened within the last three years. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our freephone lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisers. We have been dealing with claims for compensation in all areas of personal injury law for 15 years now and have expert knowledge when it comes to industrial accident claims such as Vibration White Finger. All claims are made on a 100% no win no fee* basis.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice