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Vibration White Finger » Anti vibration gloves and VWF

The jury is out on anti-vibration gloves and whether they really help the industrial accident condition known as Vibration White Finger.

Recommended for workers to reduce the effect of vibration from tools they use, these types of gloves are designed to give protection against body trauma specifically related to the hands and wrists from using vibratory tools.

Hand fatigue and strain is very common in the construction industry for workers using these tools on a daily basis, and the gloves provide protection, and additional support to stop wrists becoming weak and to keep the grip strong. The gloves also absorb energy from repetitive shock and vibration.

Some gloves have Lycra which makes them more comfortable to wear and which allow more mobility and flexibility while protecting against conditions like Vibration White Finger and other musculoskeletal disorders.

The use of anti-vibration gloves to reduce the risks of Vibration White Finger has been dismissed by Peter Wilson, director of noise and vibration prevention consultancy Industrial Noise and Vibration Centre (INVC). He says that they dont work, and can even increase the dangers of Vibration White Finger.

Therapeutic organisations worldwide, however, say that they can provide remedial support and are a good preventative measure. At present, there are no specific stipulations about anti-vibration gloves in the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations which were set out in 2005.

Gloves on the market are designed to exceed the rigorous requirements of the European anti-vibration glove standard ISO 10819 for the absorption of vibration due to direct hand contact with vibrating equipment, machinery or hand-held tools. Glove liners worn inside gloves can provide additional shock absorption and warmth during winter months.

Vibration White Finger compensation

Construction workers routinely suffer from VWF as the result of exposure to vibration. The condition can arise from using vibratory tools for only a short period of time every day.

Despite this fact, some workers continue to ignore signs of Vibration White Finger and manufacturers fail to explain vibration produced by tools properly. The consequences of misinformed use of vibrating tools can be extremely serious.

If you have Vibration White Finger and know that it was not your fault, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Our team of industrial disease experts will be able to speak with you about the details of your case, and, if you want to begin a claim, help you find the right personal injury solicitor to work on your case.

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