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A Sheffield man has warned other workers to be aware of the dangers of exposure to vibration after he developed Vibration White Finger whilst working as a fettler grinder for HI Quality Steel Castings Limited of Forncett Street, Sheffield.
Mr Ian Eckhardt (43) from Wybourn House Road, Sheffield developed the symptoms of tingling and pins and needles. Mr Eckhardt’s symptoms are so severe that they have interfered with his fishing hobby. He can no longer carry out car maintenance, a skill that he learnt from his uncle when he took an interest in cars when he was younger.
He said “I worked at HI Quality Steel Castings for approximately seven years and operated a variety of grinders and also windy hammers which were the tools that exposed me to vibration. I operated these tools on a daily basis. I remember that castings would be stacked up at the side of my work area and I often got the feeling that the work was never ending. The condition I have is irreversible”.
Commenting on his award Alison Gregory from Irwin Mitchell’s specialist occupational disease team said: “Employers are still failing to either prevent or reduce exposure to vibration. Measures can be introduced such as job rotation and health surveillance. In Mr Eckhardt's case health surveillance was in place but unfortunately it was introduced too late and the damage to his hands had already occurred.
"Court proceedings were commenced in this claim and the Defendants admitted liability. A Court appointed medical expert provided evidence in support of Mr Eckhardt's claim. This is a condition that is not just associated with the mining industry. It can affect many other areas of work including engineering and construction and the motorway construction industry.”
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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