Vibration White Finger

Vibration white finger (VWF), otherwise known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), is a common industrial injury caused by regular extended use of vibrating tools.

VWF is a type of repetitive strain injury (RSI) that affects the blood vessels, joints and nerves of the wrist and hand. The condition can be long-lasting, and even debilitating in serious cases.

The most common symptoms are:

  • A whiteness starting at the tips of the fingers spreading down the fingers towards the palm of the hand
  • Tingling, numbness or pain in the fingers
  • A white or intense red colour in the fingers
  • A significant loss of dexterity in the fingers and hands, making it hard to grip