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Machinist Secures Compensation For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Satinder Bains from the Birmingham office successfully concluded a claim for a client diagnosed with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) affecting both the left and right hand. The claim concluded for the sum of £22,500 in compensation.

Mrs G aged 39 from Willenhall in the West Midlands worked as a machinist in a Factory producing metal castings. The work was heavy, repetitious and required machining heavy aluminium castings. The work would involve the use of an air gun to insert rivets into pipes, a drilling machine and working on a linishing machine.

Mrs G’s work was not rotated, nor was she allowed adequate breaks. She had little training for her job and no information about the possibility of the risk of developing any injury such as carpal tunnel syndrome.

Mrs G who has undergone surgery to relive her symptoms commented ‘The Company provided no medical assessments to their employees and would not rotate my work so that I was not constantly performing heavy physical work. My symptoms continue. I have now had three injections into my elbows and whilst these ease the symptoms that I experience, they never go away.’ 

Mrs G’s award was secured by Industrial Disease specialist Satinder Bains of the Workplace Illness team at the Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Commenting on the award Satinder Bains said “Carpal tunnel syndrome can be a particularly painful condition. Such an injury is particularly prevalent in machinists who perform forceful and repetitive work involving strong gripping forces and hand and wrist movements.

"This case highlights the importance of health and safety policies. Employers have a duty of care to their staff, which includes ensuring that where the work is repetitive and/or involves forceful movements a full risk assessment is carried out, proper training provided, the work should be rotated and work periods involving a lot repetition should be broken up with short frequent breaks. With proper precautions Mrs G’s 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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