What are the symptoms of Vibration White Finger?
If you suspect that you may be suffering from the consequences of working with power tools, you will benefit from knowing the symptoms of vibration white finger. If you have suffered these symptoms and ultimately this condition because of your employer’s negligence, then you could be eligible to make a claim.
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What are vibration white finger symptoms?
If you have had to work with vibratory tools for a prolonged period of time, you may have caused significant damage to your fingers and hands. Some of the most common warning signs of vibration white finger syndrome are:
- Loss of strength and dexterity in the fingers and hands
- Blanching or whiteness from the top of the fingers, spreading to both sides of the hand
- Tingling, numbness and pain in the hands and fingers
- Throbbing and swelling of the fingers
You may struggle to pick up small objects, and the symptoms will often worsen in cold weather due to the blood flow being restricted. Vibration white finger symptoms are sometimes confused with hand arm vibration syndrome symptoms. Regardless of the condition, you will likely be able to claim compensation for your condition.
If you have started to experience vibration white finger symptoms, it is important that you report them to your employer so that they are able to deliver in their duty of care, and help you avoid your condition getting worse. If you feel that your employer is not correctly supporting you, contact us for help.
What kind of power tools can cause and aggravate vibration white finger symptoms?
You may have been experiencing symptoms, but you are still unsure as to whether you are experiencing vibration white finger. If you have used any of the following power tools for a prolonged period of time, then you may be suffering from vibration white finger and be eligible to make a claim against your employer. These tools include:
- Pneumatic drills
- Chain saws
- Angle grinders
The use of this equipment often restricts the blood flow to the hands and fingers, causing the discomfort and pain of vibration white finger symptoms.
What is my employer obliged to do?
In a job where you are required to routinely use power tools that can lead to this condition developing, your employer is responsible for providing proper protection and allowing you to take reasonable breaks in between working.
Most commonly, you will be given protective gloves and the amount of time that you are using the equipment will be monitored to ensure that it is safe.
Vibration white finger symptoms can be made significantly worse if you are not able to put the proper precautions in place, and so it is very important that you make your symptoms known to your employer. If they fail to help you protect yourself from injury, then they are putting themselves in a position where they are liable for your injuries.
Our industrial disease solicitors are very experienced in supporting individuals through difficult situations. If your employer has caused you to unfairly suffer through their inability to implement correct safety procedures, we can help you make a vibration white finger claim against them.
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