06 May 2009
Vibration White Finger victim secures compensation
A man who developed Vibration White Finger as a result of his activities at work has been awarded a payout.
Alexander Simpson was required to use vibrating tools in his job with West Cumberland Engineering, a firm which is located near to Sellafield and produces bespoke engineering fabrications for the nuclear and chemical industries.
Although he is still employed by the firm, he no longer uses power tools.
The 60-year-old cannot undertake simple tasks such as gardening and suffers from pain as a result of the condition.
Vibration White Finger is associated with a range of symptoms, such as discolouration of the skin, aches and pains and numbness in the fingertips.
Commenting on his injuries, Mr Simpson said: "My hands turn numb very quickly if they get cold and as a result I have to stop whatever task I am doing. It means it is hard for me to do the gardening or to continue my hobby of working with cars."