Vibration white finger is also known as hand arm vibration syndrome or HAVS for short. It is a condition which is caused by constant vibration running through the fingers and arm causing such symptoms as tingling, numbness and even decreased strength due to weakened muscles. One such work place where this accident at work injury often occurs is within the construction industry as the friction of cutting and sawing causes a lot of vibration.
What are some of the main tools that can cause this work injury?
There are several different pieces of machinery that can cause this work injury claim, but the main ones tend to be saws and drill. In particular, prolonged use of chain saws can quite easily lead to a work injury claim.
How does using chain saws cause a work injury?
One of the most common uses for chain saws is for cutting down shrubbery and trees. These are often powered by petrol engines so that they are wireless and easier to carry around. However, in order for the teeth to rotate around the blade fast enough to cut into wood there is a substantial amount of vibration which is transferred to the arm and hand thus potentially causing a repetitive strain injury.
How to avoid vibration white finger with chain saws
If your main job involves using a chain saw only avoiding a work injury can be difficult. However, there are certain steps you can take.
Like with any repetitive strain injury the trick is if you feel like the pain is becoming more than just an ache and perhaps turning into a serious work injury try to take a break from using that piece of equipment. If this is not possible then try to take breaks often and perhaps consider either shortening your hours or taking some annual leave to allow your work injury to heal. Should you continue to use your hand constantly on the same piece of equipment that caused the work injury it will only get worse and more permanent.
If you have sustained a work injury within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault speak to Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out if you could make an accident at work injury claim.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice