Vibration white finger is a condition which affects the muscles and nerves in the digits and is usually caused by persistent vibration movements. Symptoms can include; change of colour in the skin and numbness or tingling so can become quite a painful accident at work injury claim.
Is there a main accident at work resulting from this?
One factor of this accident work injury can be loss of strength in the fingers as the nerves and muscles can be affected. If this is the case and it affects several fingers you can find that you have decreased use of the hand which could have a serious impact on your ability to work.
Why would this be an accident at work claim?
Any job is required by law to protect their employee’s health and keep you safe as much as possible. Vibration white finger is well known in certain jobs in which this can be sustained so they are also aware of ways in which they can help reduce the amount of cases this reduce the risk of a repetitive strain injury such as vibration white finger. The Control of Vibrations at work Act 2005 was brought in especially to decrease such accident at work injuries as this.
What happens if I think I have this?
The first thing you should do is see your doctor to get advice as there are some treatments if you do not let it progress too far. Also talk to your employer as they have a duty to ensure such accident at work injuries do not happen so they would need to look into reducing the amount of time you are exposed to constant vibration in order to reduce the risk of further damaging your hands or fingers.
If they do not listen or take your accident at work seriously speak to your union rep as they are in breach of certain vital rights you have as an employee.
If you have had an accident at work within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault, whether it is vibration white finger or any other accident at work injury, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to find out more.