When you think of repetitive injury cases as part of accident at work injuries you may think about repetitive movement such as using scissors all day or being on the computer and typing constantly; however another type of repetitive strain injury can also be caused by vibrating equipment.
How can vibrating equipment cause an accident at work injury?
Vibration is another type of movement which, if you are exposed to it constantly, can affect muscles and nerves. The most common vibration repetitive accident at work injury is called hand arm vibration syndrome and is also known as white finger vibration. This is where the patient suffers any symptoms from tingling or numbness to more severe symptoms such as loss of strength and decrease in muscle.
What type of equipment can cause this?
Any piece of equipment that constantly vibrates when switched on can in theory cause this. The most common pieces of machinery that cause this type of accident at work injury are those used in construction such as saws and drills. In this case, the vibration is caused by friction of drilling or sawing through an object.
An employer by rights has to protect their employee under the Control of Vibrations Act 2005 to prevent such accident at work injury claims from occurring. So if you feel like you are showing symptoms of this or are concerned you should seek medical advice and then discuss this with your employer.
If your employer is unwilling to cooperate then they are breaching your rights as an employee and this would be a good time to speak to your union rep to prevent any further accident at work injuries.
Claiming compensation for a repetitive strain injury
However, if you have had an accident at work within the last three years, that wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make claim. Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm with 15 years’ experience in compensation claims such as accident at work injuries. We can make the process as easy and stress free as possible and you may not even have to step foot in a court room.
To find out if you could make an accident at work claim, call our 24-hour Freephone number on 0800 689 0500 or take the simple 30-second compensation calculator online to see how much your potential claim could be worth.
Date Published: February 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice