A St Helens motor worker employed by Ford has received GBP 8,500 in injury compensation after his hands suffered permanent damage from operating vibrating tools.
Anthony Barry was employed by Ford in Halewood for 33 years and developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) as a result, the St Helens Star reports.
HAVS is also known as white finger and can lead to poor circulation, which damages the nerves and blood vessels so that the function of the hand becomes permanently impaired.
Mr Barry told the paper: "I was never warned about the dangers of developing this condition.
"I met some former work colleagues in 2005 who told me it was HAVS."
He took early retirement from Ford nine years ago and is now employed by National Museums Liverpool.
The International Marine Contractors Association recently released a new pocket card designed to alert workers to the dangers of HAVS.