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Oct

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.

You can find out more about how to prevent HAVS on the government HSE website

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.

Hand arm vibration syndrome

About Steve Woods
Steve Woods qualified in 1985. I have dealt with personal injury claims throughout my career and have over 25 years experience in industrial disease claims. I deal with all types of industrial disease work including asbestos-related conditions, especially mesothelioma, other lung related diseases, vibration white finger, carpal tunnel syndrome, noise induced hearing loss and work related cancers such as bladder cancer. I set up Woods Solicitors in Chester in 2003.

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