May 14, 2016

Vibration White Finger (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome)

Vibration White Finger (Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome)

The use of vibrating tools has been common for many years in heavy industry. Since the mid 1970’s employers are considered to have been aware of the risk to employees from exposure to such vibration.

Common vibrating tools include:

  • Chainsaws,
  • Grinders,
  • Impact wrenches,
  • Jack Hammers (jigger picks)
  • Kango Hammers or CP9s
  • Wacker Plates
  • STIHL Saws
  • Vibrating Pokers
  • Pneumatic drills
  • Fettling Guns
  • Impact Tools
  • Sanders
If a person uses vibrating tools over a long period they may go on to develop Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), which includes conditions like Vibration White Finger (VWF).  Symptoms of VWF often differ greatly for each sufferer and while some people have a lot of the common symptoms, others only have a few.

The most common symptoms are:

  • A tingling sensation or numbness in the fingertips
  • A cold sensation in the fingers or a discolouration of the skin

If you have been working with vibrating power tools for a while and start to develop mild symptoms of VWF you should stop using the power tools as this may prevent your symptoms becoming more serious. You should also see your GP to have the diagnosis confirmed, report your condition to your employer and seek legal advice from a specialist solicitor.


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