Vibration Disease Costs Stonemason His Job

5 Jun 2010

The condition means he suffers from constant pins and needles and has been forced to give up his trade after 10 years. He also has had to give up his hobbies of fishing and cycling during the winter. He still works for the firm but is now a delivery driver. He first started noticing a problem with his hands in 2008. He was told by a specialist it was HAVS and was advised to claim compensation. ‘Since the doctor said it was work-related I took the claim for my family as I’ve had to take a significant pay cut,’ he said. Oliver Collett from Thompsons Solicitors, who represented the affected worker, said: ‘This is a considerable award for this type of condition but this client had to give up his career as a stonemason and take a substantial pay cut. This employer ignored clear rules about properly assessing the levels of vibration and the amount of time workers use vibrating tools. As a result our client’s career is at an end.’