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A retired steel fabricator from Rowley Regis in the West Midlands wins compensation for Vibration White Finger.
Mr H has been awarded a £10,000 compensation payout after he contracted the industrial disease Vibration White Finger (VWF).
The disease, which is generally irreversible, caused Mr H’s fingers to become affected by numbness, tingling and a weakness of grip. Mr H, who worked all his life as a fabricator found his symptoms became progressively worse. They started to interfere with his pastimes such as DIY and gardening. He also had trouble sleeping at night and began to notice increased sensitivity in both of his hands.
In his role as steel fabricator, Mr H was responsible for preparing wash pactors and would have to cut through and dress 3mm stainless steel on a daily basis. Recalling his work Mr H said “my employers provided me with no instruction as to how I should break up my working pattern of marking, cutting and dressing. I was left to my own devices. There was no job rotation and my employers did not encourage breaks.”
His award was secured by Satinder Bains of the Industrial Disease team at the Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell.
Commenting on his award Satinder Bains said “This case still highlights the importance of health and safety policies. Employers have a duty of care to their staff, which includes ensuring full protective equipment is provided so workers exposure to risk is kept to a minimum. In Mr H’s case no health surveillance or job rotation was in place and no protective measures used to reduce vibration. With proper precautions his injury could have been avoided.”
If you or a loved one has suffered from repetitive strain injuries, such as bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, ulnar neuropathy and vibration white finger caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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