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Work Related Diseases

Hand and Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

It is caused by exposure to the upper limbs by vibration associated with the use of vibrating power tools. Employers will however not be held responsible for exposure to vibration before 1975.

Tools likely to cause HAVS:

Percussive tools - riveting, caulking, fettling and swaging
Grinders including pedestal and hand held
Pneumatic drills and hammers
Chainsaws
Other garden machinery

Symptoms:

Tingling and numbness in the hands
Whitenening of the fingers or parts of the fingers
Reduction in grip strength
Aching in the wrists and muscles of the forearms- Lack of sensitivity

Those most at risk:

Car mechanics
Road workers
Welders
Grinders
Miners
Steel workers
Engineering workers

Pursuing a claim for compensation for HAVS:

Many of these types of claim are successful. Big companies are aware of the dangers of exposing their employees to injuries caused by vibrating tools and equipment. If they have not taken steps to reduce the exposure and to analyse the working methods, then they may be found responsible.

Requirements for a claim:

You must have been diagnosed as suffering from HAVS
The condition has been caused by your job
Your employer knew that you were at risk of suffering from HAVS
Your employer failed in his duty to look after you by reducing and/or preventing the vibration exposure

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