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Vibration White Finger Compensation Claims

Aug 18, 2008
VWF or Vibration white finger is usually associated as HAVS or Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome. The term used was Vibration White Finger just before it was recognized that there were several symptoms connected to the case than just merely acquiring white fingers.

Vibration White Finger (VWF) is a kind of industrial injury that affects people who are managing handheld vibrating power equipments like chainsaws, hammers, grinders, pneumatic drills, impact wrenches, strimmers, sanders and other types of power tools.

It is believed that the cause of Vibration White Finger is duet to the vibrations generated from the power equipments that result in having minor injuries on the blood vessels and nerves on the fingers of the victim. The longer the worker operates the vibrating power equipments, the greater minor injuries it will inflict on his fingers which will eventually turn out to having a Vibration White Finger.

To avoid getting a person from establishing a Vibration White finger, there are specific matters to consider like quitting smoking which is the reason for the slow blood circulation as well as the heightened possibility of acquiring Vibration White Finger. If you are working and operating vibrating power equipments in your work field, your employer has the full responsibility in securing and safeguarding their employees as well as to implement certain security measures in order to avoid and lessen the risk of generating Vibration White Finger to staffs.

The employer must rest assure that there is an allotted break upon utilizing the vibrating power equipments for the workers to rest their hands. Anti vibration gloves must be given to workers before operating the equipments. The maintenance of the temperature on the working environment must be checked regularly. The vibrating power equipments must always be maintained and repaired if there are any damages. The employer must provide the proper equipments for a particular task the workers are performing. Initially, the employer must train their workers before letting them hold and utilize the vibrating tools.

The common symptoms to diagnose that a person has Vibration White Finger experienced a pin and needles feeling sensation in their fingers, numbness as well as loss of feeling on the fingers due to nerve damage. At times these symptoms are restricted to the fingertips though in some more severe situation they can expand to the entire finger. Symptoms may be irregular, coming and going, and sometimes could be permanent that can result sufferings for Vibration White Finger victims when trying to perform complicated tasks.

There is also a cold feeling on the fingers and skin discoloration. Other sufferers of VWF discover that their fingers are turning from white then blue or red. These specific symptoms are due to Raynaud's Disease and usually been triggered by exposure to cold weather or grasping a cold thing. Other sufferers reports encountering aches and pains on their arms, fingers and hands. These pains are believed to be due to the damaged muscles, bones or joints and may result to having less energy.

If you developed a Vibration White Finger because of utilizing power equipments at work you can file a Vibration White Finger Claim. There are a lot of people who have successfully made claims for compensation due to suffering the VWF.
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Nicholas Tate is the webmaster for http://www.claim4workaccidents.co.uk which provides information on work accident claims including lifting accident claims and building site accident claims.
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