Workers who use hydraulic and power drill equipment are at risk from the effects of vibration. Pneumatic drills and other vibrating tools can cause three types of injury: vascular (circulatory), neurological and musculoskeletal. If you are at risk of vibrating injury because your job involves using pneumatic tools such as power drills, your employer should limit the effects by managing exposure and arranging regular employee medical check-ups.
Hand-arm vibration (also known as HAVS), vibration white finger or whole body vibration syndromes are examples of injuries that the vibration from pneumatic tools can cause. Furthermore, a condition known as Reynaud’s syndrome can be brought on by repetitive actions and vibration, such as jackhammers. The syndrome affects arterial circulation in the limbs and the fingers or toes, with an adverse effect on sensation.
If you notice weakness, tiredness, discomfort or tenderness in the parts of the body mentioned that continues for more than a few days, it is advisable to consult your doctor or a specialist who will be able to check the symptoms, confirm the diagnosis and offer medical advice and treatment. Employment history has shown that individuals who might otherwise have been able to make a continued contribution to the workplace and their respective companies have sometimes, unfortunately, had little option other than to retire early, due to the disabling effects.
If you think you may have been affected by these risks and are suffering from the symptoms described, we suggest you consult your general practitioner and contact us. If adequate safeguards were not available to you at the time, you might be able to claim compensation for workplace injury through a specialist solicitor.