Regular exposure to hand-arm vibration can lead to permanent and disabling injuries to your hands, arms and fingers. Taken together, these conditions are known as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).
The main injuries include:
- damage to your blood circulatory system, causing 'vibration white finger' (VWF);
- nerve damage, causing loss of sense of touch and temperature. This includes pins and needles and permanent numbness in your fingers;
- muscle damage, involving loss of grip and strength;
- bone damage; and
- damage to joints, including painful wrists, potentially leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.