Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) claim
Woods Law made a successful claim for vibration white finger for a client who used floor saws, stihl saws, jackhammers, reciprocating saws, wacker plates and rammers laying cables. The claim was made against Enterprise Utility Services, MP Burke, May Gurney, Kennedy Utility (Carillion Utility) and Balfour Beatty.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) causes symptoms in fingers, hands and arms, as a result of using vibrating tools. It used to be called vibration white finger. The name was changed to HAVS, as other symptoms may occur in addition to white fingers.
HAVS is caused by repeated and frequent use of hand-held vibrating tools such as power drills, chainsaws, pneumatic drills, etc. It may also be caused by holding or working with machinery that vibrates. It is not clear how vibration causes the condition. It is probably due to slight but repeated injury to the small nerves and blood vessels in the fingers. Over time these may gradually lose some of their function and cause symptoms. Possibly, up to 1 in 10 people who work regularly with vibrating tools may develop HAVS.
If you would like to discuss a potential claim for HAVS, without obligation, please call 01244 340560 to speak to Steve Woods. Steve has over 25 years experience in Industrial disease and injury claims.