Depending on your profession, you may be subject to whole body vibration or hand vibration during your typical work day. For example, those who work in mobile machines (e.g. in agriculture) may have to drive over uneven surfaces causing vibrations and bumps along the way. Those who work with hand held power tools in the construction industry may suffer hand-arm vibrations. Whole body vibrations can lead to back problems and hand-arm vibrations can cause problems with the blood vessels, nerves and joints. Due to the risks associated with vibrations, the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 are in place to allow employers to carry out risk assessments when employees are using this type of equipment. The regulations state the limits of vibration employees can be exposed to before controls must be put in place to protect their health. The regulations also state that employers must carry out risk assessments in their workplace to control the exposure of employees to vibrations. Although the regulations are put in place to protect employees, injuries still have the potential to occur.
Potential hazards of vibrations and possible injuries
Vibrations to the body can cause back pain, nerve damage and spinal problems if protective measures are not put in place. The use of equipment which causes vibrations can also cause blood vessel problems and joint problems which can cause long-term health problems. All employers must carry out risk assessments to determine how vibrations may cause an injury. They must also reduce the risk of injury by limiting the amount of time a certain piece of equipment is used or by providing appropriate protective equipment. Should these risk assessments not be carried out and you suffer back pain or other health problems due to vibrations, you may be eligible for compensation.
How to make a claim for compensation
Accident Advice Helpline is a law firm which can assist you with your claim for compensation. If you have evidence of negligence or you have sustained an injury that is someone else’s fault, just give our free 24-hour helpline a call. We can offer you no-obligation advice and operate under a no win, no fee* policy so you do not need to worry about paying anything upfront to pursue your case for compensation. Compensation can cover the distress caused by long-term health problems, loss of wages due to time absent from work and any medical costs associated with your injury.