A council gardener has been awarded 60,000 pounds in an out-of-court settlement, after acquiring carpal tunnel syndrome due to using vibrating tools in the course of his work.
Andrew Bowler (51) from Selston, Nottinghamshire, has worked for Nottinghamshire County Council for almost 30 years. During this time he has been required to use numerous vibrating tools which have contributed to him developing carpal tunnel syndrome.
Andrew’s doctor diagnosed the condition in 2008, but since then surgery on Andrew’s hands has failed to reverse the condition and Andrew will be disabled for life.
After taking legal advice, Andrew sued Nottinghamshire County Council for failing to monitor the use of vibrating tools in the workplace, and has now been awarded 60,000 pounds in compensation.
Andrew continues to work part-time for the council, but in a supervisory role where he does not need to use tools.