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Bus building company, Alexander Dennis Ltd are in trouble after ignoring safety reports and exposing their workers to hand-arm vibration syndrome.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome, also known as HAVS, is when you get seriously bad health as a result of using hand-held power tools. The industrial disease affects the blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints in workers’ arms, hands and wrists. In some cases people who suffer with HAVS lose sensation in their fingers and find it difficult to pick up objects. Hand-arm vibration syndrome is a permanent condition that can have a major impact on people for the rest of their lives.
Sadly, Alexander Dennis Ltd did not listen to their workers who were complaining of pain and discomfort, with some suffering numbness and whiteness in their fingers. Over the last five years, instances of HAVS have been declining, so it is a shame that nine workers at the national bus and coach building company have been left with HAVS as a result of their company ignoring specialist reports and expert advice.
The company failed to provide their workers with instructions on how to minimise the risk of vibration when using power tools. Their employees were allowed to use any type of power tool they had for as long as they wanted, which is hardly a safe practice.
To make matters worse, there was no programme of health surveillance which could have recognised early signs of HAVS among their workers. Not only this, there was a complete lack of maintenance for the tools which the bus builders used. As a result, the tools which were being used were old and would vibrate more than they would do if they had been properly maintained, increasing the risk to the workers.
The company was fined £100,000 for allowing as many as 25 members of staff to be subjected to uncontrolled exposure. If you have been exposed to vibration at work and start to suffer symptoms of HAVS including achy wrists and forearms or numb fingers you should call Claims Direct for a free consultation on 0808 175 7900. We can help arrange for medical treatment anywhere in England, Scotland and Wales and provide you with immediate representation.
Call Claims Direct for a free consultation today on 0808 175 7900 or start your claim online.
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