If you have been diagnosed with Vibration White Finger (VWF) within the last 3 years and it is associated with your past or present employment then contact LPS today.
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What is VWF?
Vibration-induced White Finger (VWF) is the most common symptom of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). It does not become apparent immediately after the initial exposure to vibration and workers may not complain of symptoms for months or even years. This is known as the latent period. The pattern of changes resembles that of other forms of Raynaud’s.
What causes VWF?
Many common tools and processes produce high levels of vibration, such as road drills, pedestal grinders, power hammers, chain saws and riveting and chipping hammers. The risk depends on a number of things. The amount of vibration is important, along with how long the tools are used, the way they are used and the working conditions, such as posture and how cold it is. Any vibrating tool should be regarded as suspect if it causes tingling or numbness in the fingers after five to ten minutes of continuous use
Effects of VWF
Excessive exposure to hand arm vibrations can result in various patterns of diseases casually known as HAVS or VWF. This can affect nerves, joints, muscles, blood vessels or connective tissues of the hand and forearm:
- Tingling ‘whiteness’ or numbness in the fingers (blood vessels and nerves affected): This may not be noticeable at the end of a working day, and in mild cases may affect only the tips of the fingers. As the condition becomes more severe, the whole finger down to the knuckles may become white. Feeling may also be lost.
- Fingers change colour (blood vessels affected): With continued exposure the person may suffer periodic attacks in which the fingers change colour when exposed to the cold. Initially the fingers rapidly become pale and feeling is lost. This phase is followed by an intense red flush (sometimes preceded by a dusky bluish phase) signalling the return of blood circulation to the fingers and is usually accompanied by uncomfortable throbbing.
- Loss of manual dexterity (nerves and muscles affected): In more severe forms, attacks may occur frequently in cold weather, not only at work, but during leisure activities, such as gardening, car washing or even watching outdoor sports and may last up to an hour causing considerable pain and loss of manual dexterity and reduced grip strength.
In extreme cases, the sufferer may lose fingers. The effects are cumulative. When symptoms first appear, they may disappear after a short time. If exposure to vibration continues over months or years, the symptoms can worsen and become permanent
Types of occupations
Typical occupations include:
- Holding chain saws in forestry.
- Holding rotary grinding or polishing tools, or the Material being worked on.
- Holding riveting, caulking, chipping, hammering, fettling or swaging tools, or the metal being worked on.
- Holding powered percussive drills or hammers in mining, quarrying, construction or demolition.
- Holding material being pounded in shoe manufacturing
What to do now?
If you believe you are suffering from White Finger Syndrome or have been diagnosed with it as a result of your occupation you may able to claim compensation. Contact LPS we work on a No Win No Fee basis so call our Industrial Disease solicitors today on 0800 996 1807, text 4myclaim to 88802, chat to us online, complete our short form or Calculate your claim now.