A Newport based pipe manufacturing company has been fined for failing to provide proper training or controls for staff using vibrating tools.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found no sufficient risk assessment or health surveillance had been carried out.
Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome
The company was heavily fined after there were 7 reported cases of Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) between April 2014 and July 2015.
HAVS is a long recognised industrial disease which affects thousands of workers. The condition affects blood vessels, nerves, muscles and joints in the hand, wrist and arm of the injured person.
CTS can cause tingling, numbness and pain in the fingers and hands. The symptoms tend to start gradually and worsen during the night.
Injuries like these can occur following the use of vibrating machinery with a frequency of between 5 and 2000 Hz, although the greatest risk is the continued use of machinery at 50- 150Hz without proper training or controls. Regulations and guidance about working with vibrating tools have been in place since the early 1990s and the HSE condemned the company for failing to have a proper management system with adequate risk assessment, control measures, health surveillance and training to reduce the risks of using these tools.
How we can help
If you have suffered an injury at work as a result of poor risk assessment, control, or training, then contact us at Ringrose Law where we will advise you if you have a claim. We have experts in our offices at Boston, Grantham, Lincoln, Newark, Spalding or Sleaford offices and may be able to take your claim on a No Win No Fee basis.