Suffered vibration white finger and need to make an injury claim in Taplow?
Vibration white finger is a condition which may develop gradually after working with vibrating machinery over a prolonged period of time, usually in the industrial sector. It is now more commonly known as hand-arm vibration syndrome. Machinery which may cause vibration white finger to develop includes:
- power drills
- pneumatic drills
- impact wrenches
How is vibration white finger caused?
It is unclear how vibration white finger is caused, however, it is commonly thought that the nerves and blood vessels in the fingers are repeatedly damaged and injured by the use of vibrating machinery over a period of time. This damage can cause a change in sensation in the fingers and cause Raynaud’s Syndrome to develop causing a white finger. This is due to the changes in blood flow into the fingers and lead to a lack of function.
Your symptoms of vibration white finger
The symptoms of vibration white finger may begin gradually and become more apparent:
- Pins and needles
- Fingers change colour to white as blood flow becomes restricted, they may then turn blue as the oxygen in the blood decreases
- Symptoms may be worse in cold weather or if the hands are wet
- Muscular aches and pain
- Muscular weakness
- Wasting of muscular tissue
Once the symptoms have developed, it is important to ensure that the use of vibrating tools is restricted as further use can cause the symptoms to become exacerbated further leading to permanent numbness and muscle wastage.
It becomes harder to carry out fine skills such as doing up buttons, laces and using hand tools which require a level of dexterity of the fingers and hands.
Preventing vibration white finger
Prevention is difficult, as it is uncertain how working with vibrating tools causes the condition. However, there are some guidelines in place which are to reduce the chances of vibration white finger developing, so that you do not have to make an injury claim in Taplow:
- ensure that tools are held as loosely as possible
- ensure that tools are well maintained
- ensure that the right tool is used for the job and use it correctly
- do not use a tight grip
- take regular breaks and ensure that the tool is not used for long periods of time
- ensure that fingers and hands are kept warm and dry
Making your injury claim in Taplow
If you develop the symptoms of vibration white finger, then you need to get a medical opinion. If it was caused as a result of a work-related incident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be eligible to make an injury claim. Accident Advice Helpline are waiting to take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 689 0500 or from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. Or, go online and take part in their unique 30-second test – it’s quick and discrete to find out if you qualify for an injury claim in Taplow.