Council worker gets £60k HVAS compensation

Council gardener awarded 60k compensation

A council worker who contracted a type of hand arm vibration syndrome (HVAS) due to the requirements of his job, has been awarded a personal injury compensation settlement of £60,000.

Andrew Bowler, a landscape gardener who worked for Nottingham County Council, operated vibrating tools almost daily throughout his near 30-year career working for the organisation, which has been led by Conservative councillor Kay Cutts since June 2009, according to the Nottingham Post.

Therefore, Mr Bowler now suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome, which commonly involves symptoms such as muscle tissue problems in the hands and numbness in fingers due to damage to an area of his wrist.

The former employee was diagnosed with this disorder in 2008 and has since been informed by medical professionals that he is likely to suffer from its effects permanently after an operation on the affected area of his arm was unsuccessful.

He told the news source that the condition has left him unable to do hobbies such as DIY.

Posted by Helen Jones

11/03/2011