How Long To Claim? Building Site Construction Worker Vibration White Finger VWF

UK Industrial injury solicitor explains how long you have to claim for vibration white finger caused from exposure to vibrating machinery in the workplace such as on building and construction sites and how the TUPE regulations protect you when your former employer is no longer in business

Construction worker industrial VWF victim question

I worked on various construction and building sites in the UK in the early 1980’s. This included Manchester, Liverpool, Preston, Birmingham and Coventry.

I used vibrating machinery day in day out. No anti vibration gloves were provided and no warnings given about the danger of vibration was given.

Six months before leaving work as a construction worker I noticed problems with my hands and fingers. My fingers were sensitive to the cold and flushed different colours.

I did not think too much about these symptoms, but a year ago I went to the GP and was referred to a specialist who has diagnosed me with a condition known as vibration white finger. My past employment as a construction worker was discussed and I have been told my VWF is likely to have come from my exposure at that time.

How long do I have to claim for vibration white finger and is it still possible as the company I worked for is no longer in business?

Industrial vibration white finger solicitor response

It is not too late to claim purely by virtue of the fact that exposure on the construction and building sites took place many years ago.

For a VWF claim to have a chance of success – symptoms should have commenced during your exposure to vibrating equipment, but knowledge of VWF must be construed as a matter of law to have taken place within the last three years.
As you have described your symptoms as commencing at the time of exposure in the workplace to vibrating machinery; you were treated and diagnosed with vibration white finger in the last year and it seems your work as a construction worker included exposure to vibrating machinery without adequate protection – it is likely you are still within time to commence a claim.

The fact that you suggest your employer is no longer in business will not prevent a claim being made as the businesses liabilities may have been passed onto a subsequent business under legislation known as the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations or TUPE regulations. Alternatively a former insurer of the company at the time of your employment could be traced by a specialist lawyer.

Make a construction worker VWF claim is a complex process, so I would welcome the opportunity of discussing your claim. Please click how long to claim construction worker / building site VWF to commence a claim online or to arrange a call back from me in person to discuss your industrial vibration white finger claim.

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