Using power tools at work can be a fun experience or so say some workers in the Omaha construction industry. For many, using these tools offers a break from the more mundane or routine tasks associated with building and repairing structures. However, the use of tools that vibrate can and does lead to significant injuries.
Unlike abrupt construction accidents that result in immediate injury, damage caused by vibration builds over time. Under these circumstances, workers are unaware of the problem until they have suffered severe or permanent damage. Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) may cause or contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome affecting a victim’s ability to work. In more serious cases, whole-body vibration can result in back injuries as well as long-term medical conditions.
Workers who frequently handle drills, chain saws, riveters, grinders and jackhammers are most at risk of suffering vibration injuries. The symptoms of vibration damage typically appear in the hands and include:
Victims may also experience weakness in their ability to grip objects. This occurs because of damage to blood vessels and nerves. In severe cases, “vibration white finger” syndrome may occur causing the blood vessels in the fingers of victims to collapse. This condition is irreversible and has the potential to disable Nebraska construction workers.
Although vibration injuries do not occur because of construction accidents, you can still file a workers’ compensation claim. Doing so ensures that you get medical care and income replacement to help you overcome financial hurdles. If you experience difficulty filing a claim or if the workers’ comp insurance carrier denies your claim, consider asking an attorney for assistance.