If you are a road worker, or know someone who is, then you will no doubt be aware that it is a profession that is fraught with potential danger. Working on the roads, often motorways, means that while you are at work you are at risk of being hit by motor vehicles. As you are effectively standing as a pedestrian at this time, you are not afforded much, if anything, in the way of protection against the impact of a vehicle.
If you have been involved in an accident you might want to speak to an injury solicitor in Shepton Mallet to find out if you are eligible to make a claim for financial compensation.
Vibration White Finger
Of course it’s not just accidents involving other road users that an injury solicitor in Shepton Mallet can help with if you have been injured whilst working as a road worker.
Here at Accident Advice Helpline we can assist with a wide variety of accidents that involve road workers. Over the years we have dealt with a large number of cases that involve a condition known as vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome as it is also sometimes referred to.
Vibration white finger is a condition that is caused by prolonged contact with vibrating machines, such as pneumatic drills. The vibrations caused by such power tools can cause minor injuries to the nerves and blood vessels in the fingers which can cause tingling in the fingertips, cold sensation in the fingers and hands, and general aches in the fingers, hands and arms.
The longer an individual works with power tools that create these vibrating sensations the more these minor injuries will build up, and it is this that leads to the development of the condition vibration white finger.
An experienced injury solicitor in Shepton Mallet will know that vibration white finger can be prevented if the appropriate steps are taken. For example, if you are working with heavy vibrating tools you will need to take regular breaks from the equipment and ideally wear personal protection equipment in the form of anti-vibration gloves. If you work in an industry where these tools are common place, for example, if you are employed as a road worker, then your employers should be well aware of the potential consequences of long term exposure to high vibration machinery. Your employer should therefore ensure that you are provided with the necessary protection equipment to ensure your safety.
Your employer should also ensure that such equipment is regularly checked and suitably maintained, and that you are provided with training on how best to handle these machines to further guard against injury.
Injury Solicitor in Shepton Mallet
If your employer fails in any way to provide you with the adequate training or equipment to perform your job safely, and you end up injured as a result, or suffering from a condition like vibration white finger, then an injury solicitor in Shepton Mallet can help you make a claim for compensation.
Date Published: 30th December 2013
Author: David Brown