A Company who manufactures parts and supplies for worldwide gas and oil industries has been fined for not implementing advice and guidance in their company regarding the use of hand-held power tools. A significant amount of employees were put at risk by regularly using vibrating tools, which has lead to several employees developing Vibration White Finger (VWF) or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).
These conditions can cause the hands to turn white and become painful, tingling and/or numb. The company were found to have failed employees by a) not fully assessing the dangers associated with using the tools or replacing them with updated models with lower risks b) not monitoring staff and giving them ongoing health checks to look out for developing health problems and c) not having adequate training or maintenance of tools.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector commented, “A number of employees developed debilitating symptoms or suffered worsening of existing symptoms. As a result the lives of some have been forever changed. HAVS is preventable but once the damage is done, it can be permanent. Focus should be placed on eliminating or controlling exposure to vibration. There are cost-effective and simple ways of reducing the risk of HAVS which should be implemented. A good health surveillance system is vital to detect signs of vibration-related symptoms at an early stage. It is imperative that management then respond actively and appropriately to any such signs.”
Claiming Compensation for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome and Vibration White Finger
At Freeclaim Solicitors, we have expert workplace claims solicitors who can help you claim compensation if you have developed Vibration White Finger or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.
These claims are complex cases, where symptoms could be due to years of working with vibrating power tools. Our solicitors have the experience to deal with these cases, and the knowledge to fully explore your claim.
If you would like to find out more, call us on 0800 612 7340 to speak to one of our specialist industrial disease solicitors. Alternatively, you can fill in our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.
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Published: 10th January 2014