Workers in certain occupations are exposed to vibrations, which may cause pain, numbness, nerve and tissue damage, and collapse of blood vessels. It is important to understand the occupational risk factors of vibration to prevent injury and permanent harm. Hand-arm vibration syndrome is a collective term for disorders that affect nerves, blood vessels, and muscles and bones of the hand-arm system. Using the following power tools can put workers at risk for hand-arm vibration syndrome:
Numbness may be the first sign of damage. Prolonged exposure to hand-arm vibration may cause Raynaud’s syndrome, an irreversible condition where the blood vessels collapse, and the grip is severely weakened.
It is possible to mitigate the effects of vibration from power tools by following these tips:
Truck drivers, farmers, and ship crew may be subject to whole-body vibration if they are sitting while they are working. When trucks, tractors, and ships traverse uneven terrain or choppy waves, the operator’s pelvis and spine are subjected to mechanical vibrations. The result may be lower back pain, as well as muscle or tissue damage after years of persistent exposure. The effects of whole-body vibration can be mitigated by air-ride seats, active seat suspension systems, and sensors embedded in seats to cancel out the effects of external forces.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured, contact a Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer at Gross & Kenny, LLP. We will fight to obtain the benefits you need to begin your recovery. Contact us online or call us at 267-589-0090 for a free consultation. From our office in Philadelphia, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania.