Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) which was also known as Vibration White Finger is an industrial injury which mainly affects people who operate power tools, such as drills and chainsaws, that generate a vibration that damages the nerves and blood vessels.
“Power tools are used extensively on virtually all building and construction sites, across demolition and mining work and within large areas of forestry and agriculture; in all cases it is up to employers to ensure that they prevent HAVS by providing protective measures and enforcing safe work practices.”
Mike Shiers, Partner
Who is at risk?
The people most at risk from developing HAVS are those who use power tools such as concrete breakers, grinders, hammer drills, hedge trimmers, mowers, pneumatic drills and sanders for long periods of time.
What are the symptoms?
Sufferers often report that early signs are a numbing or tingling in the finger with a general loss of dexterity. Sometime affected areas appear to white due to poor blood circulation and there can also associated aches and pains.
How can you help?
If you are diagnosed with this condition or you think that you may have been affected you may be able to make a claim, so contact Mike Shiers or one of the team and we can take the lead from there. Mike’s email address is [email protected], or you can call him on 01752 827025.