A man who suffered a hand injury after working as a fitter has received GBP 10,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
Keith Rowley, 55, was left with a condition known as Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) after excessively using vibrating tools while working for General Kinematics Ltd in Kingswinford.
The condition also known as Vibration White Finger meant he had to wear heated gloves and suffered serious pain in his hands, Stourbrige News reports.
Mr Rowley’s union GMB had instructed solicitors to carry out a compensation claim after General Kinematics did not admit liability. However they ended up settling out of court.
Andrea Austin, legal administrator at the GMB, told the newspaper: "Under the Control of Vibration at Work Regulations 2005 employers are required to make a suitable and sufficient assessment of the risk to health and safety to their employees arising from exposure to vibration at work."
This assessment must consider the magnitude, type and duration of exposure to vibration as well as the effects.
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