Vibration White Finger (VWF)
Vibration White Finger (VWF) is now more commonly considered as part of Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) which more fully encompasses the symptoms and conditions someone may be suffering from. It is a secondary form of Raynaud’s Syndrome, resulting from persistent use of vibrating hand held machinery, for example: concrete breakers; sanders; angle grinders; drills; chainsaws; hedge trimmers; mowers; and needle guns.
The symptoms of Vibration White Finger (VWF) vary depending on the severity of damage, but generally include:
- Numbness & lack of sensation
- Loss of Strength
- White tips of fingers which then turn red
- Pain & Throbbing
Vibration White Finger is caused when insufficient precautions have been taken and the resulting exposure to vibration causes small, but repeated, damage to nerves and blood vessels in the fingers which ultimately restrict blood flow to the fingers and hands.
Vibrating Equipment is covered by the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 and as such employees should be provided with:
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): most frequently in the form of anti-vibration gloves
- Monitoring of the time spent exposed to vibration
- Keeping the work environment to a reasonable temperature
- Providing training
If you are suffering from Vibration White Finger (VWF) due to exposure at work to vibrating machinery and equipment, then you should be able to make a compensation claim. We specialise in Work Compensation Claims and are able to advise you as to how to take your case further.
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