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Over the last ten years (2008 to 2017), 7,115 people have made claims from the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit scheme because they had developed a form of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome.

However, the number of new cases in Scotland and the wider UK is on the decline. In 2018 the Health and Safety at Work Executive reported that 2017 saw 270 new cases of HAVS in Great Britain, compared to 455 in 2016 and 635 in 2015. In 2010 1,210 new cases were reported (the highest over the ten-year period, so while it is clear that the situation is improving, the situation is not yet resolved. For example, men are heavily over-represented in claims; of the 7,115 claims made, only 20 were for women suffering from the industrial injury.

CASESYEAR1,4001,2001,00080060040020002008200920192011201220132014201520162017* New reported cases of HAVS in Great Britain

Despite the downward trend in the occurrence of the condition, it remains one of the most common industrial diseases, and affects people who regularly work with vibrating tools. Such equipment, regardless of size, can severely damage the blood vessels, joints and nerves of the hands and wrists.

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Employers' duty of care

Employers owe a duty of care to those using vibrating tools at work, and these are made explicit under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005. For example, they must ensure vibration exposure levels are kept within safe levels.

Health surveillance can include identifying workers who may be at particular risk when exposed to hand-arm vibration, such as those suffering from blood circulatory conditions such as Raynaud's Disease.

If they do not provide adequate measures to protect you from the effects of vibrating machinery, tools and work processes, and you develop HAVS as a result, you could be entitled to compensation.

HAVS Compensation Claims

Our specialist industrial disease solicitors have secured compensation for many people who have suffered injury caused by their exposure to vibration at work.  

If you or someone you know has developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, then you should contact us without delay as there are strict time limits that must be adhered to.

If you have been exposed to vibration in the workplace and have developed permanent loss of sensation in your fingers, are experiencing difficulty picking up and manipulating small objects, or you have been diagnosed with Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome, then you should contact Thompsons without delay as there are strict industrial injury claim time limits that must be adhered to.

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