Hand arm vibration claims
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) used to be called Vibration White Finger (VWF), and is caused by the prolonged use of hand-held power tools such as power drills, hammer drills and pneumatic drills, sanders, chainsaws, road breakers and powered lawnmowers.
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- tingling ‘whiteness’ or numbness in the fingers
- fingers changing colour
- the loss of manual dexterity
- the loss of strength and grip in the hands
- In rare cases the sufferer may lose fingers.
Employers have a duty to protect their workers from harm, and The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 tell employers what steps they have to take to ensure that their employees are protected from developing HAVS.
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What you should do if you've been injured at work
Our expert work injury lawyers give you guidance on what to do if you have been injured at work.
It goes without saying that your health is paramount and the first thing to do is seek treatment for your injury.
If you have to go to hospital make sure that an accurate account of the accident is given to the doctor who first treats you there. Always talk to your own GP as soon as possible, even if you don’t need hospital treatment, and make sure he or she has an accurate report of the accident.
Your medical records will be requested during the course of your claim.
Talk to a specialist accident at work solicitor as quickly as possible. There is a time limit of three years from the date of your accident for starting Court proceedings.
Report your accident to your employers as quickly as possible, and ask for a copy of the accident book entry as this will become important evidence in your claim. Depending on the severity and type of your injury the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may carry out an investigation.
You don’t have to make any statement to your employers about the accident, apart from a brief report to be entered in the accident book. Generally, it is inadvisable to make a signed statement, particularly in the period immediately after the accident.
Report your accident to the Department of Work and Pensions. This will help you to make an application for state benefits.
Get details of any witnesses to your accident and pass this information to a specialist work injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Ask your shop steward or safety representative to take photographs of the accident scene.
Take photographs of your injuries as soon as possible after the accident, and at regular intervals during your recovery.