If you regularly drive or operate mobile machines; particularly those that traverse rough and uneven surfaces as a main part of your job, you need to be aware of the potential dangers of WBV (Whole Body Vibration). The large jolts or shocks that can be felt while using the equipment can cause long-term issues to the operator’s health, including in many cases the development of debilitating back pain.
Who is most at risk?
Those most at risk of developing the condition are those who regularly spend time operating machines that cover rough ground. These can include:
- Quarry workers
- Farmers and agricultural workers
- Construction workers
- Forestry operatives
- Mining operatives
What can be done to minimise the effects?
The best ways to minimise the risks associated from WBV is through simple management practices. These include choosing suitable machines and vehicles for particular tasks alongside suitable training for drivers and operatives. Ensuring that roadways are as smooth as possible makes a big difference; filling potholes and removing debris from roadways can reduce the risks. Ensuring that the equipment used is suitable for the job and suitably maintained is also crucial. Many machines are designed to cope with the risks of vibration, but if they are not in good condition the risks can be increased. Managing the time spent by employees operating the machines can also make a difference to their long-term health.
What to do if you suffer as a result of WBV
If you are concerned about the level of vibration you encounter at work you should immediately inform your employer so that they can look into minimising the ongoing dangers. If you continue to be put at risk, or if you have already sustained injury and you believe it was as a result of vibration you have endured during your work, then you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Our solicitors have years of experience in handling cases like this, and will swiftly be able to tell you if you have a claim, and if so; how much that claim could be worth. It’s free to contact us and you are under no obligation to continue with a case if you chose not to. Contact us today and find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.