According to the latest statistics from the Labour Force Survey, more than 629,000 people were injured as a result of accidents at work in 2013/2014. If you’ve been injured at work through no fault of your own, you could make a claim for work accident compensation.
Types of injury
There are myriad possibilities when it comes to causes of work accidents and some working environments are much more dangerous than others. Statistically, you are more likely to be injured at work if you work in the construction, agriculture or manufacturing industries.
Examples of accidents and injuries that may occur at work include:
- falls from height
- slips, trips and falls
- industrial hearing loss
- hand-arm vibration (vibration white finger)
- burns and scalds
- injuries caused by moving vehicles
What causes vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger, also called hand-arm vibration syndrome, is commonly found in people who use vibrating tools on a regular basis; this may include construction workers, gardeners, engineers, ship builders and mechanics, for example.
Using vibrating tools can gradually damage the nerve tissue in the hand, resulting in symptoms such as pins and needles, loss of sensation, aches and pains and whiteness in the fingers.
Tools that may contribute to hand-arm vibration syndrome include needle guns, floor grinders, drills, chipping hammers, powered lawnmowers, hedge trimmers and concrete breakers. Needle guns are frequently employed to remove rust and old paint and they help to clean a surface in preparation for painting or restoration.
Safety tips for preventing vibration white finger
When using a needle gun, or any other vibrating tool, it is advisable to wear suitable protective clothing, keep the hands warm by wearing gloves and exercising the fingers on a regular basis and holding the needle gun loosely. If you notice symptoms, seek medical advice.
Claiming for a work accident
If you’ve been involved in a work accident or you have a work-related injury and you can prove that you are not to blame, call Accident Advice Helpline for professional advice from an experienced team of lawyers. We operate a no win, no fee* policy and the work injury compensation you receive could help to cover any reduction in income or medical costs. To find out more, simply visit our website and complete the 30-second eligibility test or call our 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice