Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome CompensationHand arm vibration syndrome comes from the use of hand held power tools and can be the cause of significant ill health (painful and disabling disorders of the blood vessels, nerves and joints).

Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is a serious medical condition.  The HSE reckon nearly 2 million people are at risk.  

HAVS Compensation Lawyers in Scotland

Our lawyers have over 15 years experience in dealing with hand arm vibration syndrome claims in Scotland and have recovered substantial damages for claimants including over £100,000 for a road worker exposed to regular and repetitive use of a jack hammer at work without suitable breaks or proper damping of the equipment.  Your future career may be affected and we can advise on the compensation available for the impact on your employment prospects. 

Damage from HAVS can include the inability to do fine work and cold can trigger painful finger blanching attacks (your fingers go white).  If you are worried about your hands and think that you have suffered damage through work you should contact our hand arm vibration legal specialists on 01312255214.

The HSE website quotes a former technician working with pneumatic tools stating “I suffer from very cold hands, they are worse in winter than in summer but they are still cold at this present day even though it is a warm day.  When I used the tools, sometimes there is a frost on the tools, the pneumatic tools, when you have used them and that accentuates the feeling and they are dead very dead, numb all the while.  I have difficulties picking up things, small things, pushing buttons.  I drop things more and done know the amount of pressure I am putting on finger and thumb”.

Employers have a duty to assess the risk from vibration, try to avoid vibration exposure and damp down power tools.  The sort of tools you use might be:

  • Grinders
  • Polishers
  • Power hammers
  • Sanders
  • Impact wrenches
  • Hammer drills
  • Concrete breakers
  • Chain saws

Contact Lawford Kidd

If you have a problem and feel your condition has resulted from work exposure please contact us for free advice on 01312255214.

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