Vibration white finger is the more commonly known name for a condition called hand arm vibration syndrome.
Vibration white finger primarily affects those who work in the construction industry or other industries which require the use of power tools. The condition is triggered by an overexposure to vibration.
What are the symptoms of vibration white finger?
Initially, vibration white finger will manifest itself as a numbness or tingling in the fingers. The symptoms gradually worsen over a period of weeks, months and even years in some cases. When the symptoms first appear, the fingers react starkly to temperatures, becoming white and swollen when cold and red and painful when warm.
The symptoms of vibration white finger can be extremely debilitating. The symptoms are usually followed by a loss of sensation in the fingers, hands and wrists. This can render daily tasks quite difficult that otherwise be performed with ease such as holding a razor or picking up small objects such as screws.
For many people in the construction industry, vibration white finger could spell the end of a career.
What are concrete vibrators?
A concrete vibrator is a construction tool used on concrete pouring sites. A variety of manufacturers build these machines to ensure that a concrete pour is free of air bubbles so that the concrete will retain its structural integrity and have a smooth finish after the work is complete.
Concrete vibrators are not normally used in small-scale concrete pouring such as a patio but are essential when building large, load-bearing projects. A concrete vibrator uses an off-centred weight which spins as much as 10,000 times per minute. This produces an incredible amount of vibration and seriously increases the risk of developing vibration white finger.
Vibration white finger claims
If you’ve developed vibration white finger in the course of your work within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. We are one of the UK’s leading law firms when it comes to all areas of personal injury compensation including vibration white finger claims, and we boast over 15 years’ experience in the business. All claims are made on a 100 per cent no-win no-fee* basis and the majority of claims are settled outside of court.
Date Published: March 2, 2015
Author: Accident Advice