Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Are you working with vibrating tools and equipment or handling vibrating materials at work?

Then you may be suffering from a recognised medical condition called Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS).                                                                                    This is a recognised industrial disease and if you are diagnosed with HAVS as a result of being exposed to vibrating power tools  at work,  you may be able to bring a claim for compensation.

The effects of the above symptoms can have a significant impact on your day to day living. It can include:

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HAVS affects the blood vessels, nerves, joints and muscles in the arms, hands and wrists of the person suffering.   If the symptoms are ignored, HAVS can become disabling so please contact your GP if you are suffering  from the above symptoms and you have or are still working with vibrating tools and/or equipment or  handling vibrating materials.

You will be most at risk from developing HAVS if you use  any of the following or similar for a significant period of time:

Duty of Care

There is a Duty of Care placed on employers to protect their employees from HAVS.                                            As early as the 1970’s  it was recognised that vibrating power tools could cause HAVS. The Control of Vibration at Work  Regulations 2005 requires employers to prevent or reduce risks to health and safety from exposure to vibration at work.   Therefore, your employer should be taking the necessary action to reduce the risk.

Specific action is required of the employer when the daily vibration exposure reaches a certain level.

Many people have made successful claims for compensation.

If you are affected by this and require help  and advice regarding making a personal injury claim for HAVS,    contact Thomas Dunton Solicitors on 01689 822554 or Freephone 0800 146340

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