Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

We have a long successful track record with repetitive strain injuries (RSI) claims, working on a "no win-no fee". These conditions are now commonly known as work related upper limb disorders (WRULD).

Work related upper limb disorders (WRULD) include hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), sometimes known as Vibration White Finger (VWF).They also include; tendonitis, tenosynovitis, golfers and tennis elbow (epicondylitis), De Quervain’s tenosynivitis, trigger finger, bursitis, sub-acromial shoulder impingement, diffuse RSI, gamekeeper’s thumb and Raynaud’s disease.

These injuries can be caused by repetitive and often forceful movements of a particular part of the body. Often prolonged awkward or unnatural postures are involved. Basically the body is being used in a way that it was not naturally designed to.

Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)/ Vibration White Finger (VWF) results from prolonged use of vibrating tools such as pneumatic drills and there are guidelines as to recommended vibration exposure which employers should follow. Other RSIs/WRULDs can happen in a variety of jobs.

The most common jobs causing HAVs or other RSIs are:

  • users of vibrating tools
  • operators of repetitive machinery
  • secretaries
  • frequent keyboard users
  • accounts clerks
  • musicians
  • journalists
  • bank counter staff

Employers have duties to assess the risk from the work and then plan the work to prevent/reduce reasonable foreseeable risks of injury from HAVS or other RSIs. These claims can be more difficult to prove than most personal injury claims and as well as a medical expert may need the assistance of an engineer or ergonomist.

You are therefore well advised to contact a specialist firm like us who have a successful track record with HAVS and other repetitive strain injury claims.