Evidence shows that the repeated and regular use of vibratory equipment such as pneumatic drills can cause nerve, joint and muscle damage and lead to painful conditions such as vibration white finger (VWF) or hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
If you have suffered an industrial injury as a result of the use of pneumatic drills, and been left in pain or unable to work, you can pursue a compensation claim if your employer failed to:
- Provide training and guidance in the safe use of pneumatic drills
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment such as safety gloves
- Monitor employee use of pneumatic drills and vibratory tools to ensure regular breaks
- Ensure job rotation to provide adequate rest periods from the use of pneumatic drills
Conditions associated with pneumatic drill injuries
People who have worked with pneumatic drills and are suffering pain associated with the use of such machinery can have damaged nerves, muscles and joints in the wrist, hand and fingers as a result of repeated vibrations. The conditions regularly associated with such work include:
- Vibration White Finger (VWF)
- Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
- Whole-Body Vibration (WBV)
The symptoms of all the above can be debilitating and in the most serious of cases affect everyday life. The most common injury associated with the use of pneumatic drills is vibration white finger. With VWF, sufferers can experience a loss of grip strength and dexterity; blanching of the finger tips; burning sensations in fingers and hands; pins and needles; reddening or whitening of the fingers.
At Direct2Compensation our expert solicitors can help you claim compensation to cover the pain and discomfort caused by pneumatic drill-related injuries. We will also help with a special damages claim that seeks compensation for the loss of income, both past and future. You will never pay any costs to any party if your claim fails and you can be sure that any settlement we obtain for you will be the maximum level of damages that you are entitled to.