Were you employed by Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd between 2002 and 2011?

PUBLISHED 23.09.19

 

Did you use hand held power tools such as hydraulic breakers, wacker plates or floor saws?

Do you suffer with the following symptoms: numbness, pins & needles, tingling or whitening of your fingers?

If you’ve answered yes to these questions, you may be able to make a claim for Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS), also known as Vibration White Finger (VWF) under a no win, no fee agreement.

You do not still need to be employed by Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd to make a claim and you do not need to have seen your GP to have the condition diagnosed.

In June 2018, Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd were fined £500,000 and ordered to pay costs of £195,000 for regularly exposing their workers to the risk of developing HAVS from using hand held vibrating tools.

HAVS is a permanent condition that affects the blood vessels and nerves in the hands. Typical symptoms include numbness, pins & needles, tingling and whitening of the fingers; symptoms are often worse in cold weather.

The symptoms can lead to difficulties in carrying everyday activities such as picking up small objects, fastening buttons; they can also affect the strength of your grip and general manual dexterity.

The Health & Safety Executive found that Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd failed to assess the risk to their workers’ health; failed to put in to place suitable risk control measures or to monitor them; failed to implement a suitable system of health surveillance and failed to report the significant number of their employees who had been diagnosed with HAVS.

If you think that you fulfil the criteria outlined above, please contact Catherine Pinnegar today by either telephoning 01392 301916 or completing your details using the form to the right and we will contact you to arrange a free consultation.

 

Catherine Pinnegar – Solicitor

Exeter: 01392 285000     Cullompton: 01884 33818     Newton Abbot: 01626 330127