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Roadworker HAVS Victim Receives 8,750 Pounds from Employer

A roadworker, who developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome after years of overexposure to vibrating machinery, has been awarded 8,750 pounds for his injuries.

Deryne Hughes, 52, of Stockton-on-Tees, North Yorkshire, worked in the roadworks division of CE Electric UK for 28 years. His job primarily involved digging trenches, laying cables and back filling, using hand rammers, impact wrenches and drills.

Deryne first started noticing numbness and tingling in both hands and wrists in 2007, and these symptoms developed into cramps and pains as he continued with his job. In November 2009, Deryne was formally diagnosed with hand arm vibration syndrome.

In the action against his employers, it was claimed that CE Electric UK had failed to conduct a full risk assessment of Deryne’s job, rotate his duties or limit his exposure to vibrating tools. The company accepted liability and a compensation payment was made to Deryne of 8,750 pounds.

Deryne still works for CE Electric UK, but in a role which does not require the use of vibrating tools.