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HGV Fitter Wins Compensation For Vibration Induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A Warwickshire HGV Fitter has received compensation from his employer, TNT Express UK Limited, for vibration induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 

Mr Harry Alcock (65) from Atherstone, Warwickshire developed symptoms of numbness and tingling in both of his hands but thought nothing of it. Mr Alcock’s symptoms became much worse and they started to interfere with pastimes such as gardening and golf. He also had trouble sleeping at night and began to notice increased sensitivity in both of his hands.  

He said “I worked at TNT Express UK Limited for approximately 17 years as a HGV Technician where I was responsible for stripping, servicing and rebuilding lorries using vibratory tools. I operated these tools on a daily basis. I was told that the condition I have is irreversible”.

Commenting on his award Solicitor Satinder Bains from Irwin Mitchell’s Specialist Occupational Disease Team in Birmingham 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 Alcock’s case health surveillance was in place but unfortunately it was introduced too late and the damage to his hands had already occurred.  In addition, there was no job rotation whatsoever and no protective measures used to reduce vibration”.  

A successful settlement of Mr Alcock’s case was reached with the Defendant’s insurers. A medical expert provided evidence in support of Mr Alcock’s claim. “This is a condition that is not just associated with the mining industry.  It can also affect many areas of work including engineering, 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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