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Vibration White Finger Cases
The workplace is where people are constantly busy and typically, accidents can happen easily. This is because the workload at your workplace is always very heavy and as a result, you become susceptible to injury. Nevertheless, thanks to the relevant authorities, you can be sure of filing for a work-related injury case and claim for compensation.
Vibration White Finger is one of the injuries that are mostly received at the workplace.
What Is Vibration White Finger
Also known as the VWF, or the HAVS – Hand-arm vibration syndrome, this is an injury that it steered by the frequent use of vibrating machinery, which are handheld. The condition can affect the blood vessels, nerves, and muscles. The fingers can change colour after one is affected by the condition.
When such a condition happens to a person, they are entitled to file a case and claim compensation. The compensation will depend on the level of injury of the finger.
- For Minor Injuries, where one or more fingers have been affected, but one can still carry out some activities, then they will be paid a maximum of £3,000.
- The moderate Injury: If one has been injured and the symptoms have affected the victim for a long time, or for a given period of time then the range of pay is between £3,000 and £11,000.
- Severe Injuries: This is when both the hands have been affected severely and the fingers turn white, especially in a cold weather, then the claimant is eligible to between £11,000 and £25,000 compensation.
There is one worker in a truck company, who had worked there for about 6 years, and was using tools like needle guns, air hammers, air ratchets, impact guns and air hacksaws. The truck company had equipments that worked at high speeds, this in turn caused a vigorous vibration. The job required the machine drivers to report to work and be extra fast at their job. One worker followed the rules and after some years, he was diagnosed with Vibration White Fingers. He sued the company and the company took the blame, which saw the worker being awarded £15,000 for compensating the injury. However, the case to a while, which saw him being paid the compensation later in 2009.
One worker worked under a certain construction company in the UK. The company specialised mostly on ground works, surfacing schemes as well as drainage. Also, the company carried out works in the installation of traffic lights and on public highways. Palbably, this needed them to have heavy machineries, which could dig through the tough surfaces. The worker used a number of vibration tools such as road saws, hydraulic breaker, still saw, portable road drills, wacker plates and vibrating pokers. The worker used to work under heavy project for over 5 years, and he was diagnosed with VWF. This affected his job performance and he had to take a number of leaves. After about 10 years, he filed for a case and he was compensated £13,000 for the condition that affected him.
There are several other vibration white finger cases that have been compensated successfully and all these have followed the right, legal procedure.