Vibration White Finger is a secondary form of Raynaud’s syndrome and is most commonly associated with accidents at work or industrial injuries. It affects tens of thousands of workers worldwide. Accident Advice Helpline delves deeper into the world of Vibration White Finger and how the symptoms manifest themselves.
The symptoms of Vibration White Finger
Vibration White Finger is most commonly caused by the repeated use of machinery and power tools. Excessive exposure to hand-arm vibration can result in Vibration White Finger. Its symptoms include:
- Tingling or numbness in the fingers. This is caused by the blood vessels contracting from prolonged exposure to vibration. If this is not treated it can result in the complete loss of feeling in the affected fingers.
- Fingers changing colour. Although the name Vibration White Finger suggests that the fingers turn white, sometimes the symptoms can manifest themselves in different forms. In some cases, sufferers of Vibration White Finger may notice their fingers turning a dark blue colour when exposed to the cold. The fingers initially turn white and can subsequently turn a dark red colour signalling the return of blood circulation to the affected vessels and is often accompanied by a deep throbbing sensation
- Loss of manual dexterity. In more extreme cases, when exposed to cold weather, sufferers of Vibration White Finger may realise that they suffer periodic attacks of losing strength and dexterity in the affected fingers. This is often accompanied by excruciating pain in the affected digits. Effects can last for up to an hour.
- Loss of digits. In the most extreme and severe cases, Vibration White Finger can result in gangrene in the affected digits and the only course of action in this instance is to have the affected fingers amputated.
In the UK, specific legislation has been created under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 to help deal with preventing cases of Vibration White Finger. Exposure to vibration should be actively measured including the duration and amplitude of the exposure.
If you’ve suffered from Vibration White Finger within the last 3 years and it wasn’t your fault then you may be entitled to claim compensation. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today for more information. Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to a friendly, knowledgeable adviser. Alternatively, you can find out online if you may be entitled to compensation by taking the 30 second test.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown