03 October 2008
Arm condition results in compensation for worker
A worker who developed a condition known as hand arm vibration syndrome (Havs) has been awarded a payout of £3,000.
Joseph Beale had been employed by Bridgend county borough council for over a decade before developing problems in September 2004.
He performed a range of tasks in his role involving gardening machinery such as mowers, hedge cutters, strimmers and road tools.
A potentially serious condition if untreated, Havs occurs as a result of using hand-held powered work equipment and affects the nerves, blood vessels and muscles.
Commenting on the case, Mr Beale said: "Bridgend county borough council needs to start taking this condition seriously. At the moment only certain staff are given anti-vibrating gloves and agency staff get even worse levels of protective equipment."
Meanwhile, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, a total of more than 40 employees at the local authority have developed the condition.
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