Vibration white finger or hand arm vibration syndrome results from regular and frequent exposures to high levels of vibration affecting your hands.
If you are working with equipment such as grinders which vibration regular and heavy exposure can cause permanent damages to your hands and arms.
Symptoms of VWF (vibration white finger) or HAVS (hand arm vibration syndrome) are usually set off when your hands or body are cold or wet.
Vibration white finger affects the blood circulatory system and results in white attacks when your fingers become numb and you may get pins and needles. The whiteness and loss of sensation may change to a deep red flush which is often painful.
Hand arm vibration syndrome can occur without the symptoms of VWF attacks. If you have pain and numbness in the nerves at the end of your fingers and a loss of sensation and touch this can also be caused by excessive vibration syndrome.
You may find that you are restricted in your work and doing home activities such as gardening and DIY.
There is a three year time limit from the date you are aware of having the condition or when you were last exposed to excessive levels. Don’t delay, contact us as soon as possible.