Vibration white finger is the perhaps more commonly known name for hand-arm vibration syndrome. It is a debilitating condition that affects workers in many sectors, but in particular those in construction or manufacturing industries. The condition arises as the result of overexposure to high levels of vibration, usually from an item of equipment used in the course of employment. According to statistics published by the HSE, vibration white finger has been on the decline over the past decade as manufacturers increase the ergonomics of their machines. However it is still a leading cause of accident at work claims.
What are the symptoms of vibration white finger?
Vibration white finger can initially manifest itself as a tingling or numbness in the fingers, similar to the sensation of pins and needles. Over a period of weeks, months, even years, the symptoms gradually worsen leading to some of the more painful symptoms. Vibration white finger causes the fingers to become white and swollen when cold and red and painful when it is warm. Vibration white finger can be extremely debilitating condition as it can severely inhibit the use of the hands and fingers, making it difficult to carry out everyday tasks, such as holding a razor to shave.
Why is it important to know the symptoms of vibration white finger?
It can be extremely difficult for your doctor to diagnose vibration white finger which may lead to a worsening in the short-term by continuing to work without knowing what the problem is. If you’ve suffered the above symptoms, then it’s important to inform your doctor, especially if you work with vibrating tools such as angle grinders, jack hammers and levelling machines.
Are men more likely to be affected by vibration white finger?
According to statistics published by the HSE, of the 615 reported claims of vibration white finger in 2013, 580 of them were mean, meaning that men are statistically more likely to suffer from vibration white finger.
Claiming compensation for vibration white finger
With Accident Advice Helpline we can help you to make a claim for compensation if you’ve developed or been diagnosed with vibration white finger within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault. Contact us today for more information. We have over 15 years’ experience in all areas of personal injury compensation including repetitive strain injury claims and claims for vibration white finger so give us a call today on 0800 689 0500 to speak to one of our advisers.