Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome is the name given to the injuries caused by vibration exposure, many of which are painful, disabling and irreversible. HAVS, as it is commonly known, affects the blood vessels, nerves and joints. Over time it can prevent people from being able to carry out even everyday tasks such as doing up buttons or easily using keys to open a door.
The Health and Safety Executive details that HAVS is serious and disabling, with nearly two million people at risk. Sadly, although it is fully preventable, once the damage has been done, it is irreversible.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, all employers have a duty of care to their employees. They must ensure they are protected from any potential health risks. In addition, The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 covers Hand-Arm Vibration (HAV) and Whole-Body Vibration (WBV) and details a formalised approach to human vibration risk assessment and control.
By law, employers need to measure the levels of vibration that their employees are being exposed to, as well as assessing the risk to their employees’ health from vibration at work. If employers comply fully with the Vibration Regulations this will prevent any disability from HAVS.
If you are suffering from the painful effects of HAVS and feel your employer has been negligent in their duty, then you could have a claim for compensation. Our experienced industrial disease team can work on a no win, no fee basis and ensure you receive the compensation you deserve,