HAVS is a name given to hand arm vibration syndrome. As you might guess, it is associated with a condition caused by using power tools that vibrate during use. Think of a pneumatic drill for example, and the vibrations that go through the hands and arms when it is used. The longer you use such tools in your workplace, the more likely it is you could eventually suffer from hand arm vibration syndrome.
This is the name for a condition that also goes by the name of vibration white finger, or at least it used to. While the symptoms can affect the fingers it was eventually discovered that the symptoms also involved the rest of the hands and the arms as well. As such the new name – HAVS – was created to cover it all.
What are the likely symptoms?
Your fingers might start to feel cold on a regular basis if you suffer from this condition, even when the weather is warm. You might also notice your fingertips are numb and have little to no sense of feeling in them. If you look closely at your fingertips they may also appear white in colour. Trying to pick things up when you have this condition can become more difficult. It is also quite likely that you won’t sleep as well because of the pain you can suffer with this condition.
This all leads to the question of whether you could claim HAVS compensation as a consequence of the condition. The answer will come from how the condition was caused. Since it is normally associated with frequent use of power tools, most people who develop the condition do so because they use these tools all the time in their workplace.
Could you claim HAVS compensation?
It is possible you could develop this condition if your employer requires you to use power tools continually for much of the day at your place of work. If there are no steps taken to prevent the condition from developing, or from getting worse, you have a strong chance to get some compensation as a result.
The amount you might get will depend on a number of things, which is why we’d encourage you to call Accident Advice Helpline now. The number you need is 0800 689 0500. This is a free enquiry line so it won’t cost you a thing either.
Date Published: September 17, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead