Vibration White Finger
Vibration white finger is a slowly progressive condition; the degree of symptoms will often depend on the magnitude, frequency, duration and transmission of the vibration. This condition affects the fingers and hands but sometimes the pain can also travel up to the arms and shoulders.
Vibration white finger can lead to constant pain, and permanent debilitating symptoms such as loss of circulation in hands, difficulties in cold weather, numbness and loss of grip strength.
Vibration white finger mainly occurs in the workplace particularly in construction jobs, when completing excessive tasks and using tools that vibrate without sufficient breaks or rotation of staff. It may also occur when workers are not trained to use equipment properly or when the tool is faulty (i.e. doesn’t have a handle).
Tools which may cause such symptoms if used for prolonged periods of time are:
- duty breakers
- pneumatic tools
- concrete breakers and pokers
- sanders, grinders and disc cutters
- hammer drills
- chipping hammers
Express Solicitors have dealt with a number of vibration white finger cases. Such actions are mainly brought using the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999; Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005.