Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is the painful and debilitating condition that can seriously affect your working and social life.

Symptoms are progressive and not reversible:

  • Pins and needles - irritating and uncomfortable.
  • Loss of touch - if you can’t feel it how do you know if it is hot or cold?
  • Severe pain and numbness - when fingers go white in the cold and then red on recovery.
  • Reduced grip strength - reduces your ability to use equipment and work safely.
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - constant pain in hand and wrist making sleeping difficult.
  • Stops you from doing the simplest things: turning pages of a paper, picking up small items, fastening buttons, tying shoe laces.

  • Construction accounts for 5% of employees in the UK but also 31% of fatal accidents.
  • 5 million workers are exposed to risks from Hand Arm Vibration (HAV).
  • 1.7 million workers are exposed to vibrations above a potentially dangerous level.
  • 300,000 workers already suffer from HAV, 288,000 of these have Vibration White Finger (VWF).
  • 2 million workers are at serious risk of developing HAVS.

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