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Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) is a type of occupational disorder. HAVS is caused by the continuous usage of vibrating tools at workplaces. Vibrating White Fingers (VWF) is one type of HAVS which results in victim’s fingers turning white in colour. There are different effects of HAVS, which can disturb worker’s efficiency and make them unable to perform certain tasks. In severe cases, victims may suffer from disability of the affected hand or arm.

If your employer’s negligence caused you to develop Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), then you can make an occupational disease claim and receive compensation. Make your HAVS claim or receive free legal advice about your industrial disease by calling 08000 430 430 or completing our online enquiry form.

Causes of HAVS

The main cause of HAVS is prolonged exposure to physical vibrations ranging from from 5 to 2000 Hz. Usually the condition arises when a specific worker uses a single type of mechanical or electrical vibrating tool for a long period of time. Smoking and other drugs can cause the condition to worsen and can result in severe cases of HAVS. Different tools and machines which have been linked to HAVS include:

  • Pneumatic drills,
  • Chainsaws,
  • Power drills,
  • Hammers,
  • Sanders,
  • Grinders,
  • Concrete breakers.

Symptoms of HAVS

There are several different symptoms of Vibrating White Fingers or Hand Arm Vibrating Syndrome, which range from mild to severe. These symptoms include:

  • Discoloration or whitening of fingers,
  • Numbness of fingers,
  • Prickling in the fingers,
  • Minor injuries to the blood vessels and nerves of the fingers,
  • Pains in the hands, arms and fingers,
  • Lack of gripping strength,
  • Insensitivity to temperatures,
  • In serious cases, the loss of fingers can occur.

Occupations with High Risk of HAVS

Workers associated with these industries are particularly likely to be effected by HAVS:

  • Engineering,
  • Construction,
  • Forestry,
  • Foundries,
  • Mining (crushing, cutting and grinding), and
  • Vehicle manufacturing and repairing

Treatment of HAVS

HAVS or VWF are irreversible disorders, and although they can be prevented, a complete cure is not possible. When HAVs has been diagnosed, it is advisable for people to avoid any further explosion to vibrations, as this ensures the disorder does not get more severe. Using prescribed medicines and exercises as recommended by your doctor may relieve your HAVS. Fish oil and vitamins are an effective natural medication against HAVS. In case of severe VWF, surgery is a possible treatment option.

Prevention of HAVS

It is possible for people and employers to protect themselves against HAVS and VWF. Sime of the different prevention methods are:

  • Quitting smoking,
  • Reducing use of caffeine and other stimulants,
  • Staying warm,
  • Use alternative equipment instead of vibrating tools,
  • Taking breaks while working with vibrating tools,
  • Using personal protective equipment such as anti-vibration gloves.

HAVS/VWF Compensation Claims

Employers are obliged to provide safe equipment and tools to their employees. If any workplace case of Vibrating White Fingers or Hand Arm Vibrating Syndrome occurs, employers are usually viewed as responsible, as they are legally required to care for the health and safety of their staff. If you have suffered from HAVS/VWF because your employer negligently failed to provide you with proper tools, safety equipment or adequate training, then you are entitled to make a compensation claim.

Our expert solicitors have dealt with several industrial disease compensation cases. We ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve, with recompense covering all physical, psychological and financial damages caused by HAVS/VWS. Make your HAVS claim by hiring the expert services of Clearwater Solicitors, or take our free legal advice about your occupational disease case. Call us on 08000 430 430 to get in touch, or complete our online enquiry form to request a call back.

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