You may not have heard the term Vibration White Finger. It may also be referred to as:
- Hand arm vibration syndrome (Increasingly this is the more professional term used)
- Dead finger
The condition affects thousands of working people. Therefore it is worth knowing what Vibration White Finger is and how it can potentially affect you.
How Vibration White Finger can affect you
The symptoms of Vibration White Finger were first discovered n 1911 by an Italian professor called Giovanni Loragia although it was not until 1918 that the MD Alice Hamilton linked the condition to quarry cutters and carvers in the United States who suffered the same symptoms.
Vibration White Finger affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints in the hand, wrist and arm, which is why people tend to refer to the condition as HAVS as this covers a broader range of symptoms.
The symptoms include:
- Numbness in the fingers. At first you may only feel this at the tips and possibly may not even notice this numbness until the end of the day. Over time the whole finger can go white and the feeling in the finger may completely go.
- Fingers change colour. After the fingers go white they may go very red. This is due to the return of blood circulation in the fingers and this in turn will be accompanied by an uncomfortable throbbing.
- Loss of dexterity. This is not necessarily restricted to work activity. You could be doing the gardening or playing sports when you suddenly lose grip strength. This tends to be more severe in colder weather.
Health and safety
Using a vibrating tool for long periods of time can be just as harmful as intensely using it over a short period of time. This is why companies need to be careful in how their tools are used and need to carefully monitor how much the tools vibrate and the right amount of time that a worker should use them.
If you believe that your condition could have been prevented then it is possible that you could be entitled to compensation.
Why you should contact us
Some people are hesitant to contact us because they fear they will cost their company money.
However it is important to emphasise that compensation will come from the insurance policy of a company rather than directly from the company themselves. You should not feel pressured into dropping a claim.
It is also important to emphasise that if you call us there is no obligation to pursue a claim. We can offer advice and give you the option to pursue it if you want.
With over 13 years of experience we work hard to make the process easier to understand and do out utmost to guide you through the claims process.
We are available 24 hours a day. Call us today and find out what we can do for you!
Date Published: October 17, 2013
Author: David Brown